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[7]: Market?
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 02:20 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Market?"
n4cer
Member since:
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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Free Linux NAS solution
by nedvis on Tue 9th Jan 2007 05:02 in reply to "RE[7]: Market?"
nedvis Member since:
2006-01-02

Turn any PC into a NAS

Use NASLite to configure a dedicated storage server
in less than five minutes

http://www.pcquest.com/content/linux/2005/105041201.asp

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RE: Free Linux NAS solution
by Rayz on Tue 9th Jan 2007 10:08 in reply to "Free Linux NAS solution"
Rayz Member since:
2006-06-24

.. but it does more than being a dedicated storage server.

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