Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:34 UTC
Windows As part of his keynote address on Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates showed off Windows Home Server (more info at Ars) - a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from HP and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than USD 500. In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.
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Personal home servers
by unavowed on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:10 UTC
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I think that in an ideal world having home servers would be good, as all your data would be stored locally, within the owner's control.

It would further push the idea of a peer-to-peer Internet instead of a one with a dominant privileged-server/unprivileged-client architecture, which is sadly getting somewhat popular nowadays.

It would lead to everyone having their own external IP address, and not being at the mercy of their ISP (think incoming port blocking).

Personally I don't like the idea of capitalist corporations having unrestricted access to my mail, photos or other personal information on their centralised servers.

My opinion is that home servers would be good for the internet users at large, even if it's Microsoft that backs them.

That said, it is hard to judge if all of this would be feasible to implement.

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