"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
""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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