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CNET News.com: Maxtor picks Windows, dumps open source

Mar 05, 2001, 15:21 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"The company's new MaxAttach 4100 uses a custom version of Windows 2000 that manufacturers can shape to their own needs when making special-purpose servers called "server appliances." Maxtor chose it over the no-cost, open-source FreeBSD, the operating system used in the MaxAttach 4000, because of required software features, said Steve Williams, Maxtor's product marketing director."

"FreeBSD did not support large file sizes, Macintosh and newer Novell file systems, or backup and management software from companies such as OpenView, Tivoli and Microsoft, Williams said. "

"The news is sour for advocates of open-source technology, who argue that their cooperative development model is more responsive to customer needs than the proprietary philosophy that underlies Microsoft products."

"The Linux operating system is the highest-profile open-source project, but FreeBSD has a strong following as well. There are some differences between the two projects, however: Changes to the heart of Linux must be published publicly by anyone distributing the software, but changes to FreeBSD may be kept secret. This difference makes FreeBSD popular for companies that wish to add their own proprietary code to the mixture."

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