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Community Resources

Here are links to pages showing various sources of Cobalt information and products.

The [Download] section is migrated. Find ROM images and other PKG files there.

  • In addition to PKGs etc., now in the Download section is the Qube 3 Sausalito Architecture guide. I scanned this from a printout of Chapter 17 of the Qube 3 Developers Guide which was being written while I was at Sun. Sadly, this manual was never finished or released by Sun before they shut the Cobalt product line down. But this chapter is the best explanation of Sausalito and its components that is available anyplace. There is even a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make changes to the UI, etc. This document should be applicable for the RaQ 550 as well. Get it [here] (1.4 MB). Sorry for the relatively poor copy; my scanner is not the best. But it beats trying to type the whole thing into a word processor! --Bruce 06:41, 28 Dec 2005 (UTC)

Product Information

Qube:  (MIPS) Qube 2700 CacheQube Qube 2
       ( x86) Qube 3
RaQ:   (MIPS) RaQ 1 RaQ 2 CacheRaQ 2 NASRaQ ManageRaQ
       ( x86) RaQ 3 RaQ 4 CacheRaQ 4 RaQ XTR RaQ 550
              Control Station Build To Order Server
Misc:  StaQware  VelociRaptor Phoenix Firewall Gateway Micro Server
Other docs:  Qube 4 ("Pescadero")

Error Messages and Solutions

Not sure what that error message you're seeing means? Check our Error Messages list and find the solution.

Have an error message that's not on the list? Please add it to the Error Messages page so that we may research it and provide an answer.

Tested and Complete HOWTO Procedures

General Procedures

Sausalito (RaQ 550 and Qube 3)

RaQ 3 and RaQ 4

RAQ 1, RAQ 2, Qube 1, Qube 2 (MIPS) Appliances


RaQ and Qube Perl/PHP Code

Cobalt Scripts


Alternate operating systems on Cobalt hardware

Broken Links (kept for reference)

Cobalt-based operating system projects

Sun Microsystems released the Sausalito UI code under a BSD License, and several projects have sprung up since then that are based on this code.

  • [BlueQuartz]
    • Project BlueQuartz is the name of the activity to support porting and maintenance tasks voluntarily provided by Cobalt Users Group. The Cobalt Users Group has already released Qube 3-based BlueQuartz software through this web site. The Cobalt Users Group will continue to participate in the deployment of the all of Cobalt based software including the porting tasks to RaQ 550 based BlueQuartz system. RaQ 550 series has been discontinued and no development plan exists for a new product which inherits Cobalt DNA. However, the Cobalt DNA will survive, because Sun Microsystems has opened it.
  • [The Ruby project]
    • The Ruby Project is a quick deployment tool, to enable very easy installation of the BlueQuartz hosting system on Linux RedHat 9, secure the underlying operating system and expand the BlueQuartz hosting system with standard modules such as openwebmail, webalizer, mailscanner, spamassassin and so on. (Discontinued)
  • [Cobalt Clone]
    • The Cobalt Clone site provides a free downloadable ISO of the BlueQuartz GUI on CentOS 4.1. It has 14 pre-configured hardware options for quick, easy installation.
  • [RackStar Server Appliance for Cobalt RaQ]
    • This is the next replacement for your old Cobalt RaQ series servers. This software is designed to run on all newer server platforms. Fedora is the non-commercial version by RedHat, and RackStar is based off of the Open Source RaQ550 GUI. FREE download!
  • [Nuonce Networks CentOS v4.3 / BlueQuartz ISO Image]
    • This is the next replacement for your old Cobalt RaQ series servers. This software is designed to run on all newer server platforms. CentOS is based off of RH Enterprise, and Blue Quartz is based off of the Open Source RaQ550 GUI. Now you can get this FREE CentOS + BlueQuartz ISO! Weeks worth of developement for you to enjoy!
  • [RAQdevil]
    • RAQdevil is a FreeBSD-based web control panel application, developed by iXsystems and based upon the Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 software. Sun released the code for the RaQ under a BSD-style license in December of 2003 and the code was then ported to Fedora Linux by the BlueQuartz project.

Cobalt "competitors" (hardware)

Cobalt "competitors" (software)

Other Cobalt resources

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