Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2007 11:08 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows As momentum grows around its new Windows Home Server line, which is due for release towards the end of this year, Microsoft is looking to keep the love flowing with its hardware partners, software developers and end users alike. Joel Sider, Senior Program Manager for Windows Home Server, told APC that the company intends to release a software development kit for the platform early next month.
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RE[4]: Am I missing something?
by jayson.knight on Fri 30th Mar 2007 13:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Am I missing something?"
jayson.knight
Member since:
2005-07-06

To quote a few words from your post:

"Linux, FTP, Asus WL 500g, HDD, ethernet."

The mere fact that you rattled off those words already means that you're in a different market than what MS is looking to capture with WHS. Consumers want a box they can plug in to their home network, run a couple of wizards on, and forget about.

This market is gigantic right now...a lot of home users are looking for exactly this kind of solution, though many of them may not even know exactly what to call it (server? what's a server?).

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RE[5]: Am I missing something?
by Budd on Fri 30th Mar 2007 14:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Am I missing something?"
Budd Member since:
2005-07-08

What's so complicated,at least for file sharing? Plug in your router, plug the machine into the eth or even better, wireless, open browser , type 192.168.1.1, share! How is WHS ( an acronym nobody knows) easier than that? Does it come with the same price? I bet not. Market is not as gigantic as you (or MS) think. To share your files,photos,music etc you don't have to buy another machine, the old one suffice. You just need an internet connection. To quote you "what's a server" ...

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RE[5]: Am I missing something?
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Mar 2007 14:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Am I missing something?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

{ Consumers want a box they can plug in to their home network, run a couple of wizards on, and forget about. }

There are a great many of those already on the market.

Nearly all of them run Linux, but how would anyone know it? You just "plug in to your home network, run a couple of wizards on, and forget about". A lot cheaper, and a lot more reliable, than anything running Windows.

Either the Linksys NSLU2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSLU2 or the Buffalo linkstation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_network-attached_storage_serie... would be your best bets.

If you want a vast amount of storage, go for the Buffalo terastation.

Both of these have active open source communities behind them, and you can get heaps of extra functionality by adding extra free packages if you care to.

Enjoy.

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helio9000 Member since:
2006-05-24

I have a Terastation NAS and have not found it reliable at all. If I had only read all the bad reviews before buying. It is terrible for serving streaming media (which Buffalo now admits) and it lacks funtionality - for instance, you can only set passwords on root level folders which sucks. The only thing that saved it were the hacks built up around it. Great but not something, for instance, my dad is going to be doing. It also doesn't work with an Xbox 360, allow for remote desktop or give you a way to set up your own domain.

The WHS doesn't work for me because they don't sell it standalone and it doesn't deal with linux (which is stupid) but sounds like it might work for my dad. The thing is, if you can set up your own *nix and automate streaming and backup etc. than this thing isn't for you and MS isn't claiming that it is.

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