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CNET News.com: IBM unveils server appliance with slim Windows 2000

Mar 30, 2000, 21:25 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The new server uses a version of Windows 2000 Advanced Server that's missing some features not useful for Web serving, a Microsoft spokesman said. Though Microsoft wouldn't comment on whether other companies would be using the software, Piper Jaffray analyst Amir Ahari said Dell plans to use a pared-down version of Windows 2000 for the PowerApp server appliance line it plans to announce next week."

"The IBM machines cost less than $6,000, though IBM discounts the price when a company buys them in large quantities. "It's a bit more expensive than a Linux box, but not that outrageous," said Ahari."

""Linux is obviously what I'm really bullish about. You can twist it and bend it and cut it and slice it and dice it however you want, and you'll still have a stable operating system in the background," Ahari said. With Linux, a programmer will start with a core and add necessary layers, whereas Windows is the other way around. "It's very big. It's really never been designed to be slimmed or enhanced.""

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