PC Week: Cobalt Qube good pick for the IT-deficient

“As an all-in-one solution for e-mail, document sharing,
intranet applications and Internet connectivity, Cobalt Networks
Inc.’s Cobalt Qube 2 Internet appliance is a good starting point
for small, technophobic businesses. But any company with technical
know-how and a spare system can duplicate all of its capabilities,
often with free software.”

“The Cobalt Qube 2, which shipped last month with prices
starting at $999, uses Linux as its operating system and Apache as
its Web server but, as with most Internet appliances,
administration is done entirely through a standard Web browser. New
features in Version 2 include basic HTML editing, improved dial-up
capabilities, added security features such as a basic firewall, and
a document management application. Cobalt has also beefed up the
Qube’s internal hardware to a 250MHz processor and 10GB of hard
disk space.”


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