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LinuxPlanet: Linux a Very Silent Player in New Cobalt Release

Jan 17, 2001, 22:27 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"The positioning of Linux within the House of Solaris seems to be one of quiet avoidance: if you ignore the operating system completely, then the mentioning of the "L" word will never happen."

"Sun Microsystems and its new Cobalt division announced today the first new line of Cobalt server appliances since Sun's acquisition of Cobalt last December. Though preliminary information about the press conference hinted at the inclusion of Linux within the Sun/Cobalt server strategy, Sun executives went out of their way to de-emphasize Linux's presence on the Cobalt devices...."

"One executive who was conspicuously quiet about any operating system during his presentation was Steve DeWitt, former President of Cobalt Networks and now Vice President and General Manager of Server Appliances at Sun. Though Linux is a part of the operating system strategy for the Cobalt server appliance devices, no mention was made of its presence, or any operating system, in regards to the Cobalt product line."

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