From Cobalt to BlueQuartz and now BlueOnyx

It has been a bit of a journey since I first started offering web hosting services using the Cobalt Platform that was later sold to Sun Microsystems and then dropped from the product line. However thanks to Sun they released on the cobalt software as opensource and released to the public. Since then a great group of guys dedicated there time to producing an easy to install version based on CentOS called BlueQuartz.

Well it looks like it has now evolved to the next level. BlueOnyx is the latest attempt of keeping this opensource solution alive and going using the latest CentOS 5.2 release offering many new features. Below is some of the verbage from the BlueOnyx site


BlueOnyx is a Linux distribution (based on CentOS v5.2) which aims at delivering a turnkey server appliance for webhosting. It comes with a web based GUI interface which allows you (and your email, FTP and webhosting clients!) to manage most aspects of the server, its sites and accounts through a browser based interface. It is open source software, released under a Sun modified BSD license.

BlueOnyx is a modernized fork of BlueQuartz and has been developed by Solarspeed Ltd. and NuOnce Networks, Inc. and A lot of improvements and enhancements (compared to a regular BlueQuartz) went into BlueOnyx. Including support for Java Servlet Pages, built in web based email, phpMyAdmin for you and your webhosting clients and provisions to automatically create MySQL databases and users for each virtual site.

Visit BlueOnyx site for more information

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