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Windows Home Server Beta 2 open to the public

Windows Home Server
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, communist 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 or Ubuntu. 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.

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