|June 10, 2002
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I want to introduce you to
a new piece of hardware I recently purchased. I just obtained a new
Cobalt Qube 2. Actually, this isn't considered “new” anymore since
the Qube 2 has long been discontinued and replaced with the much more powerful
Qube 3. Also, technically, this isn't a Qube 2, but a Gateway Micro
Server. Let me explain. Gateway rebadged the Cobalt Qube 2
and sold it under the Gateway brand as the Micro Server. In actuality,
there is no difference between the Cobalt and Gateway servers except that
the Gateway version has a black cover while the Cobalt Qube has a cobalt
cover. Also, the administration software is slightly different.
I bought a Gateway Micro Server from somebody online and replaced the black
cover with the cobalt cover. Then I removed the Gateway software
and installed the Cobalt Qube 2 software.
So for all intents and purposes, I have a Cobalt Qube 2.
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For those of you who are
not familiar with Cobalt, they are famous for making servers based on Linux
with easy to use graphical web interfaces. Cobalt hardware is popular
in webhosting centers because of the ease of administration of their servers
and the minimal amount of space they take up. Cobalt has recently
been bought up by Sun.
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The Qube series is an all-in-one
server appliance for small businesses or offices. The Qube runs as
a web, ftp, mail, file, discussion, storage, and backup server. All
from an easy to use graphical web interface. All the software is
already installed and pre-configured to work correctly. I wouldn't
call this article a review, because if this article were a true review,
it would be 3-4 years too late. The Qube 2 has long been replaced
with the Qube 3 which is much improved. However, many people haven't
seen the guts of a Qube 2 and I'm more than happy to rip mine apart to
satisfy their curiosity. I hope this article serves to introduce
people to the concept of internet server appliances.
I've been eyeing the Qube
server for a few years now. I think it looks super cool with its
blue case and funky green light in front. I liked how it didn't look
like your typical computer, let alone server. Yet it is a very capable
server. The unit itself does not have any ports for a monitor, keyboard,
or mouse. Instead, you use the LCD panel and arrows to assign the
server a static IP address or if you already have a DHCP server on your
network, the Qube 2 will automatically pickup a dynamic IP address.
You then configure the Qube from a networked computer using a web browser.
From out of the box to fully functional takes only about half an hour.
Now that's fast.