January 5, 2004

The Open-Sourcing of Cobalt

On December 24, Sun Microsystems released the source code for the software that runs its RaQ Web and e-mail server. Why not? Sun won't
be using it any more. The RaQ was a Linux box, and the last of the Cobalt line that Sun bought in 2000. Earlier last year, it opened the source code
for the Cobalt Qube server.

Sun gave the end-of-life alert to Cobalt users in Q3 2003. The last order date for its last Cobalt product was November 20. The Mountain View,
Calif.-based company hoped that Cobalt would bolster its Linux offerings while rounding out the product line with lower-priced servers.

Instead, Sun will look to its alliance with low-cost chipmaker AMD to provide competitive x86-based servers in its Sun Fire line.

Link: internetnews.com


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