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MoeLabs.com: A Hacker's Need for a Qube3

Jan 29, 2001, 20:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Moshe Bar)

[ Thanks to Moshe Bar for this link. ]

"I often hear fellow hackers say, that everything a Linux appliance does can be done with a 200$ PC and the right software. That is certainly right. Why should a hacker like me go out and buy a US$ 1,995 to store files and use it as a web server, ftp server, and mail server?..."

"Sun, recently bought out Cobalt. Everyone feared this might mean Qubes were soon going to run Solaris/x86. While I have nothing against Solaris per se, it is certainly true that it is Linux that made it possible for Cobalt to get where it is today, and turning its back to their standard OS would cause some stir in the market. Luckily, Sun soon after the buy-out announced that Linux would stay in the Qube and RaQs for the time being. Surely, one reason why they decided so is so they can say Sun is a Linux company, too...."

"Cobalt has created a new automated way of checking for, getting and applying new software for the Qube3, called BlueLinQ. With BlueLinQ, it has become very easy to keep the Qube3 up-to-date with security patches and new functions, which previously needed a lengthy cycle of downloads, installation and verification. During the period of my review no software updates appeared however on Cobalt's site and I was therefore not able to check this functionality. Should someone royally mess his/her Qube3, a restore CD is being provided with the original packing. Through the SCSI interface it is therefore possible to attach an external CDROM and install the restore CD from there...."

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