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[News] GNU/Linux Home Server Half the Price of Windows 'Data Corruption' Server

HP offers Linux home server

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| HP has unveiled a Linux-based home media server at half the price of its 
| Microsoft-based MediaSmart model. 


H-P's new Linux-based (Ballnux) laptops are coming.

KDE 4.0 on HP 2133 Mini-Note

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| Last week HP announced it's Mini-Note PC with preloads of SUSE Linux 
| Enterprise Desktop 10. Our heros of the Mobile Devices Team have worked the 
| last weeks on that. The Mini-Note is available in different configurations 
| starting at $499 (that would be only 313 Euro if applied for Europe without 
| surcharge). All editions share the form factor, the nearly full-size keyboard 
| and the nice display (1280x768). So I had to lend one from Mobile Devices 
| team and play with it.      



HP Media Vault 2100 Linux Server Reviewed: One Kick-Ass Little Penguin

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| In the end, this product isn't just another NAS, but a bold statement that HP 
| is making, that it doesn't have to be saddled by the rough riders of Redmond 
| when it can build (license?) its own practically identical box at a lower 
| cost. Now I know that there are some things that you can only do with a 
| PC-like server running a full OS, but honestly, what are they? I mean, do 
| most people, even die-hard server-needers, give a crap? I want to know from 
| you folks: Why bother with Windows Home Server when the Linux-based 
| alternatives are on the surface equally friendly, equally powerful and—oh 
| yeah—half the cost?        



Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix

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| Microsoft has admitted that it will not deliver a fix to a Windows Home 
| Server data corruption bug it first discovered late last year until June at 
|                                                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the earliest.  
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^


Stay Away from Home Server Day Care

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| The problem is fundamental in several ways. Data corruption or deletion 
| occurs "when certain programs are used to edit or transfer files that are 
| stored on a Windows Home Server-based computer that has more than one hard 
| drive," according to the Microsoft support document. So, the problems are 
| with file copying and data storage—both fundamental features—and occurring in 
| the likeliest of scenarios: Multiple hard drives. Surely Microsoft must have 
| known that the earliest adopters would be enthusiasts?      
| Nine programs are associated with the data problems, seven of them from 
| Microsoft.  


Data Corruption Bug - List of Potential Applications Affected Grows

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| In summary, Microsoft has reproduced the bug successfully with the following 
| applications: 
|     * Windows Vista Photo Gallery
|     * Windows Live Photo Gallery
|     * Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
|     * Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
|     * Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
|     * Microsoft Money 2007
|     * SyncToy 2.0 Beta
|     * Intuit QuickBooks
|     * uTorrent
| Home Server users have reported the issue occurring with the following list 
| of applications: 
|     * Photoshop Elements
|     * Zune Software
|     * Apple iTunes
|     * TagScanner
|     * Mozilla Thunderbird
|     * Adobe Lightroom
|     * Intuit QuickenMS Digital Image Library
|     * MP3BookHelper
|     * ACDSee
|     * WinAmp
|     * Windows Media Player 11
|     * Microsoft Office Excel
|     * Visual DataFlex
| So, to put this in perspective, the list of potential applications affected 
| is growing.  


News Briefs: 1-17-08

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| Windows Home Server Anti-evangelism. Microsoft technical evangelist Volker 
| Will is really unhappy about Windows Home Server. I'm a big fan of the 
| product marketing, but Will's anti-endorsement has me wondering about getting 
| a HP MediaSmart Server as planned.   


Windows Home Server bug corrupts files

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| Given that the point of Windows Home Server is to allow you to store
| your media files, a bug in the storage process that could result in
| corrupted files is bound to get attention.
| Microsoft has issued a support document for the 13 or so (just
| kidding) people using Windows Home Server, the company's latest
| product for those attempting to build the digital home of the future.
| Apparently there's a flaw in the way Windows Home Server works with
| certain Microsoft applications, such as Windows Vista Photo Gallery,
| that could result in corrupted files if you use those applications to
| save files to the server. A list of the specific applications can be
| found in the support document.


A Non-obvious Use for Debbie (a Debian 4.0 Home Server)

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| So far Debbie has worked in all of the relatively simple roles I've put her 
| to. AVI, MOV and JPG files all work well on either the Linux or Windows 
| clients when served by Debbie. PDFs work in either Linux or Windows. They 
| even work when accessed by browser plug-ins, either FireFox 2 or IE6 or 7. 
| Copying files to and from Debbie by the kids has been easy to implement.    


Welcome to the Ubuntu Home Server Project

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| Ubuntu Home Server (UHS) will be an edition of the Ubuntu operating system 
| which allows users to administer their home network.  


Who needs Windows Home Server with Linux around?

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| Is this a joke? I only recently started paying attention to Windows Home 
| Server, since I tend to focus more on desktop operating systems and 
| enterprise server systems. So I didn't realize until now that WHS is really 
| just a vanilla file server.   


Will bad backups doom Windows Home Server?

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| Microsoft just announced it's working on Windows Home Server, which
| among other features, will automatically back up files on all PCs in
| the home. But if the product uses the same kind of brain-dead backup
| built into Windows Vista, this is a product that will be dead on arrival.
| The backup tool built into Windows Vista may be the worst utility
| every packed into an operating system. It doesn't allow you to back
| up individual files, folders or even file types. Instead, you have to
| back up every single file and folder of broad generic types. 
| For example, if you want to back up a single picture, you have to back
| up every single graphic of every graphic file type on your entire PC,
| including all the graphics that Vista itself uses. This means you can
| be forced to back up hundreds of gigabytes of files if you only want
| to back up a few family photos.


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| In an entry on the Home Server blog, program manager Chris Sullivan 
| said that the group has received nearly 2,400 bug reports so far from 
| beta testers, and still had 495, or about 21% of the total, classified 
| as "active."


Will Windows Home Server be Microsoft’s next flop?

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| If you buy-off on the theory that the world seems to be heading in the 
| opposite direction that Microsoft wants to lead it, then you can’t help but 
| wonder what the long term prospects for an offering like Windows Home Server 
| are. Not good, if you ask me.   


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