Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Jan 2009 20:05 UTC
Windows As promised, Microsoft has released the beta to Windows 7 to the general public a few hours ago. Don't get your hopes up yet, though, as Microsoft's servers are completely hammered right now - which isn't too hard to imagine, seeing the 2.5 million download limit Microsoft imposed. This probably led to everyone rushing to Microsoft's servers to get their hands on the beta, clogging the servers (2.5m times a 3GB image file, do the math). You will have to be patient, and hope for the best if you want the beta and its product key. The beta will expire August 1st, 2009.
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(windows 7?) servers down
by project_2501 on Sat 10th Jan 2009 00:08 UTC
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2006-03-20

So there servers are busted. I wonder which version of Windows was supposed to handle this load? Whichever it was, it wasn't a good advert for its OS - and it wasn't going to be some Unix was it?

Remember when they first took over hotmail and had to abandon their attempt to host it on Windows and use FreeBSD.

Ribbing aside, here is an interesting technical read about their transition from FreeBSD to Windows, evaluating pros and cons:
http://www.securityoffice.net/mssecrets/hotmail.html
The section on strengths and weakness of the OSes is interesting.

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