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Who needs Windows Home Server with Linux around?

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Is this a joke? I only recently started paying attention to Windows Home Server, since I tend to focus more on desktop operating systems and enterprise server systems. So I didn't realize until now that WHS is really just a vanilla file server.

There's nothing wrong with being an ordinary file server for the home. After all, with many home users having multiple computers and gigabytes of music, photos and movies, it's well past time for homes to start having simple-to-use file servers. But, why pay extra for it?

After all, there's already a whole industry of companies that make external hard drives that already do everything that WHS does. Microsoft started shipping WHS to OEMs in July, but I haven't seen news of WHS devices shipping soon yet. That may be because the existing external hard drives already do everything that WHS-powered systems do, but you don't have to pay $199 for the privilege. You see, almost all external hard drives and NAS (network-attached storage) devices already use Linux and Samba for $0.00.

I decided that since Ubuntu is popular, I'd give the latest version of the Ubuntu derivate Linux Mint a try. One download later, I had the ISO image. I then burned it to a DVD, popped it in my PC and let it do its thing.

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