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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RE[5]: Market?
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 01:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Market?"
n4cer
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2005-07-06

"Easy" as in "connect the large hard drive as the secondary master or externally via USB, right click on the icon in 'My Computer' and set up sharing.".

Average User: What's secondary master mean? You mean I have to open the box!? I just want to not lose my family photos. Can you install it for me? Oh, USB, that'll backup all my PCs right?

Even if you first have to install the OS it won't take more than an hour or two.

In that time, you could be well on your way backing up your systems with WHS.

Edited 2007-01-09 01:31

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RE[6]: Market?
by mallard on Tue 9th Jan 2007 01:58 in reply to "RE[5]: Market?"
mallard Member since:
2006-01-06

"Average user" has nothing to do with it, they have no need or desire for a server. Most of them only have one PC, if they want backup, a USB pen or external hard drive would serve just as well.

I re-iterate: I see no need for "Joe Average" to have a "home server". There is a strong correlation between those that want/need this sort of thing and those that could set it up.

I meant to connect via USB to the server (I thought that was obvious). Even connecting it internally is a simple matter of following the instructions that are generally provided with hard drives or are easily found on Google.

In that time, you could be well on your way backing up your systems with WHS.

If someone put together a specialized Linux distro for this sort of thing, which I'm sure they will if it takes off, the set-up time could be reduced to a few minutes (using a LiveCD-based approach). The backup is nothing special, nothing that a cron job or "Scheduled task" couldn't do.

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RE[7]: Market?
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 02:20 in reply to "RE[6]: Market?"
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2005-07-06

If someone put together a specialized Linux distro for this sort of thing, which I'm sure they will if it takes off, the set-up time could be reduced to a few minutes (using a LiveCD-based approach). The backup is nothing special, nothing that a cron job or "Scheduled task" couldn't do.

And who will market this specialized distro so that average users can buy a box, plug it in, walk through a few configuration steps, and be done? A cron job or scheduled task would likely take more time and disk space for the backup, and backup is still only one aspect of WHS.

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RE[7]: Market?
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 9th Jan 2007 03:14 in reply to "RE[6]: Market?"
Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

I re-iterate: I see no need for "Joe Average" to have a "home server".

At one time certain execs at HP thought there was no need for the average person at home to even have a computer. We all see how accurate that one turned out to be!

Joe User already has a server at home, a lot of people are sharing out music and videos over their home LAN using shared folders etc.

The fact that routers have become common place in the home shows that joe user is capable of learning and connecting the dots when the package is fairly straightforward.

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RE[6]: Market?
by mallard on Tue 9th Jan 2007 07:15 in reply to "RE[5]: Market?"
mallard Member since:
2006-01-06

Again, "Average User" has no need or desire for a server.

Those that need/want a server are the same people that know how to install a hard drive or set up a "Scheduled task" to backup their documents.

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