"For me, the Qube, the RAQ and their maker -- Mountain
View-based Cobalt Networks Inc. -- are touchstones. They're symbols
of Silicon Valley's recent evolution."
"... the company and its products tell you a lot about the
technology industry. They're emblematic of several transitions --
from desktop computing to network computing, proprietary software
to open source, complex boxes to easy-to-use appliances, local
focus to global ambition."
"Cobalt's products are in a genre called ``server
"The Qube, RAQ and other Cobalt products all use the GNU/Linux
operating system (better known as just plain Linux), the poster
child for ``open source'' or ``free'' software..."
"... Linux is not easy to use for novices, which was an
opportunity for Cobalt."
"With the Qube, for example, Cobalt added its own layer of
software on top of Linux, a layer that disguised the complexity in
an easy-to-use screen that a user could work with via a Web
browser. The resulting product is ``miraculously easy to use,''
says Dave Winer, a Silicon Valley software developer who owns
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