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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Linksys NSLU2 and other NAS devices
by flav2000 on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:32 UTC
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There are NAS devices and routers that supports plugging in USB hard drives and acts as a server. I don't see how Windows Home Server has a large market.

For example, I just help a friend set up a Linksys NSLU2 device with external USB one touch hard drives.

For the average joe, isn't it easier to run one of these devices and plug in more USB HDs as needed rather than running a Windows Home Server edition?

On top of that, I would believe the size and cost of devices such as the NSLU2 would be less or equal to the cost of the Windows server.

The only reason I can see a *need* for MS Home server edition is that, due to DRM restrictions, only a MS server with DRM serving support would allow media playback on other computers on the same network.

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