"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,
"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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