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Internet Week: Cobalt's Qube 3 isn't merely an appliance any more

Nov 30, 2000, 07:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Zeichick)

"It's not just a low-priced small-office server appliance anymore. With its latest Qube 3 server, Cobalt Networks Inc. has done the seemingly impossible: turned an appliance into a complete and viable platform. We won't say that it's the equal of NetWare, Unix or Windows platforms, but the Linux-based Qube 3 is turning into an attractive powerhouse of its own."

"Outwardly, the Qube 3 appears similar to its predecessors: It's just a chunky plastic box with a hard disk, processor board, network interface and hard drive. What sets the Qube 3 apart from other server appliances are the tools and programs for creating additional apps, not just the rich array of built-in applications. What sets it apart from other Linux-based boxes is the operating system is completely hidden; all the users and administrators need to know is that the applications run on a Qube 3...."

"If there's a word that seems to describe the Qube 3 user experience, it's "effortless." Once accounts are created, Linux, MacOS and Windows clients can access their allocated space over the LAN, mounting the drive or mapping a drive letter, as needed. Users can configure e-mail clients to access the Qube 3 using POP3 or IMAP4. (We did both using Eudora Pro 4.2 on Windows, and Outlook Express 5.01 on Macintosh.)"

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