"Everyone and his cousin Mabel now know that Sun has bought
Cobalt. What does that mean for us? Us being people using Qubes or
RaQs or considering buying them. I don't know. Sun has never either
built or sold things to consumers (eg the Qube). But as the Qube
sells so poorly in North America, and Cobalt hasn't made any noise
about new Qubes to replace the Qube2, I'm assuming the Qube is
dead. As for Sun porting Solaris to the RaQ2s, I don't think so.
The RaQ2s are also dead, and Cobalt is selling them simply because
they've still got lots of them sitting in a warehouse. While Cobalt
looked like they might revolutionise server devices, it looks like
they gave up quickly. There's more money to be made selling RaQs to
ISPs than Qubes to you and me. Note that these are simply my
opinions, which are based on what I've read in the trade papers and
on my own thoughts. I don't know anyone with connections to
"That they are making noises about moving the RaQs over to
Solaris from Linux doesn't mean much. It wasn't the OS that was
remarkable, it was the web administration interface. Solaris has
always been respected, at least in the last few years. Sun hardware
is another story. (Read Philip Greenspun's book.)"
"Will they kill Cobalt? Who knows. I remember them buying
Lighthouse Design years ago. I think the idea was that they would
produce spiffy Java apps or OpenStep apps. But no one ever heard
from them again as far as I know. There is still a site run by
someone who appears to have connections with the original
Lighthouse Design crew, but who now apparently works for Netscape.
Lighthouse used to have the funniest ads in NeXTWorld magazine. The
fine print could have come from Radiohead."
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