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LinuxWorld: Where are the dummies? - How branding may be hurting NetMax sales

Jun 05, 2000, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Cybernet Systems Corporation makes the NetMax line of Linux-based server appliance software. Cybernet has taken Red Hat Linux and added a friendly buffer between it and the administrator. The idea is to enable people to use Linux as a firewall, virtual private network server, file and print server, etc., without having to deal with the nitty-gritty details of IP chains for firewall rules, Samba configuration files for file and print sharing, and so on."

"Cybernet is going to update its product offerings this month, so I don't want to spend much time on the specifics of what's available today. But I do want to mention that I really like the product line. It doesn't quite turn Linux into a line of consumer-friendly Servers for Dummies products, but it comes close. For the most part, you simply install a NetMax special-purpose server and then manage it from a simple Web browser interface."

"From what I hear, Cybernet isn't moving a whole lot of boxes of software. I'm not surprised, even though on the surface you'd think Cybernet has everything going for it. The products are positioned to ride the wave of interest in Linux. Cybernet bases its servers on Red Hat, the most visible version of Linux. And the price is right. You pay only a little more than you would for a copy of Red Hat. I think that's perfectly reasonable, since you get added value."

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