Announced back at CES
, Microsoft is holding an open beta
for Windows Home Server Beta 2, given of course that you meet their criteria. As long as you have 2 or more PCs, a broadband connection (with a router, of course), and a spare PC kicking around, you may very well qualify as a Windows Home Server guinea pig.
Windows Home Server is a very interesting concept, and I'm curious to see how it will play out in the market. Maybe I'm just a jaded, cynical,
Linux user, but I can't see any compelling reason for someone to drop a few Benjamins on WHS when they could easily turn that doorstop of an old PC into a robust file server (and much more) with Linux. Granted, Linux in many cases is not as 'user friendly' as Windows, however I would assume that someone who is of adequate skill level to setup and administer Windows Home Server could handle setting up Fedora
. However, I'm still curious to see what Windows Home Server holds--it may just prove me wrong.
The beta is only open to a limited number of testers, so if you are itching to get your hands on WHS, I suggest you sign up quickly.