Interactive Week: Linux: Sauce For Low Cost Server Appliances

“The Linux operating system is the main ingredient in a new
breed of thin, inexpensive Web servers that are being crafted for
Internet service providers that need to run racks and racks of

“Cobalt Networks carved out the segment two years ago and has
gathered a faithful following among Internet service providers
(ISPs). Now, other companies are marching into the thin Linux
server space, including the just-launched Netmachines and another
start-up, Network Engines….”

“The RaQ 3i, which can be managed from a Web browser, is a
little more than twice as powerful as Cobalt’s previous
rack-mountable server, Herrell said. The RaQ 3i has 512
megabytes of memory, a 20-gigabyte hard disk, two
10/100-megabit-per-second Ethernet ports and two serial

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