June 30, 2004

Open-Source Lifeline Pulls Up Sun's Cobalt

Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

sjvn writes "The Web server applicance is raking in new users since Sun open-sourced its code, even though the company has discontinued the line."

Can open-sourcing alone make a product more popular? In the case of Sun Microsystems' discontinued Cobalt line of Linux Web hosting appliances, the answer seems to be yes.

According to Netcraft Ltd., an Internet services company based in Bath, England, the Cobalt lines have actually gained new users since Sun Microsystems Inc. first opened its Cobalt Qube code, now maintained by the Cobalt Users Group community as Blue Quartz.

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