Cube Clones Continue
Linux box apes Apple
Now this is a machine that's really going to get Apple's legal department rubbing their hands in glee. Taiwan-based DA Computing launched its Komodo Server at Comdex this week, and if it's not a Power Mac G4 Cube rip-off, we're Steve Jobs uncle.
Komodo, it transpires, is a small office server, designed to provide LAN-connected users with a single point of access to the Net. The box operates as Web, FTP, fax, DNS, DHCP and email server, according to MacNN, which first spotted the thing.
And cheeky DA Computing - unlike previous Mac cloners - cheerfully admits there is a similarity: "[Komodo Server] was gifted with a beautiful out-looking, the cubic shape. If you like the Apple G4 Cube, you should like our Komodo Server."
MacNN tells us the Komodo is available in multiple colours and is actually rather bigger than Apple's Cube - it's roughly twice the size of the Mac. DA hasn't released a spec. but the machine is known to be based on Linux, so we assume there's an x86 chip sitting in there somewhere.
What there isn't, says MacNN, are the Cube's notorious cracks/mould lines. So even if Apple doesn't sue DA Computing, perhaps it should at least ask the Taiwanese to teach the company how to model in plastic... ®