San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – September 9, 2005 – The Sun Cobalt web hosting
appliance was open-sourced by Sun Microsystems at the end of its product
lifecycle in December of 2003. According to Netcraft, an online statistics and
monitoring website, use of the Cobalt web hosting software has increased since the
source was released.
OffMyServer, a provider of custom built servers and storage solutions, sponsored the porting of the Cobalt RaQ software to the FreeBSD operating system. The open source project, codenamed RAQdevil, is focused on providing an interactive community to encourage developers that are interested in working to improve the software. The project website is located at: www.RAQdevil.com.
Matt Olander, Chief Technology Officer at OffMyServer commented on the new web hosting software, “We wanted an open source hosting platform that ran on FreeBSD. Besides BlueQuartz, the Fedora based port of the Cobalt, there didn’t seem to be much out there in the way of open source hosting control panels, so we ported it.”
Besides running on FreeBSD, the RAQdevil contains other modifications to the original Sun Cobalt. Many of the base packages have been updated and the port will now work with any version of PHP 4 in FreeBSD Ports. The RAQdevil software also has an updated Apache webserver, GLib, Sendmail, and uses BIND9 instead of BIND8.
The application build framework has been modified to work with the FreeBSD ports system. These modifications also provide a more logical development structure. Plans for future improvements include a new updating mechanism for security patches and software enhancements as well as updates to the reporting capabilities provided by the software.
In addition to sponsoring the open source RAQdevil project, OffMyServer intends to offer an integrated appliance unit that includes enhancements such as anti-virus, spam filtering, and professional support.
For further information on OffMyServer, please visit: www.offmyserver.com.