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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This is an opportunity for Linux...
by Nezumi on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:12 UTC
Nezumi
Member since:
2006-04-02

I would love to see a distro targeted towards this sort of thing. I wonder if the *buntu community are the most likely to have a go...

From what little I know of Linux it seems to speak to just about anything. I have seen a number of reviews of SOHO NAS on Toms Hardware and they all run Linux. This includes product from companies like Intel.

The lack of DRM could also be a strong selling point if marketed correctly.

One could possibly start of with simple file + print and have the option to add functionality as needed.

I'm sure Apple could also come up with a very nice product as well...

MS as a rule don't enter a market unless they can make money. It may not be an instant money maker but the long-term possibilities must be there...

The market for this type of device is wide open at the moment and could be genuinely disruptive (in a good way!)

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Milo_Hoffman Member since:
2005-07-06

There are LOTS of distros that do this sort of thing....most with web-ONLY management interfaces that require zero command line etc...

ClarkConnect, and SMEServer for 2 good ones that I have experiences with.

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John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

This project recently crossed my radar:
http://www.nslu2-linux.org/

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