"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.)"