Cobalt Networks Inc. took
steps Thursday to bridge the gap between Linux and Unix and Active
Server Pages with the acquisition of Chili!Soft Inc. for $14.9
million in stock.
Cobalt will exchange 1.15 million common shares for all
outstanding Chili!Soft equity. The deal is expected to close next
Chili!Soft makes tools that allow Active Server Pages to run in
a Linux and Unix environment. The company also supports a number of
popular Web servers and Windows NT.
Active Server Pages are a development of Microsoft Corp. They
allow Web developers to incorporate real-time data and other
information specific to individual users on Web sites.
Steven DeWitt, Cobalt's president and chief executive officer,
said the integration of Chili!Soft's Active Server Pages technology
and Cobalt's server appliances will help bridge the gap between
Microsoft development tools and Linux.
"Microsoft Web tools are the most commonly used tools in the
developer community. This acquisition allows Cobalt to share in the
largest pool of qualified developers and significantly expand the
number of positions available for service providers using the
Cobalt platform," he said.
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