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In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Lin┐nut wrote on Thu, 29 Sep 2005 07:20:23 -0500
is a PowerEdge Blade server option. It suggests that WinServer2003 Standard (x32 or x64) edition w-5 cals is $799, and WinServer2003 Enterprise (x32 or x64) edition w-25 cals is $3295. There is also a WinServer2003 Web Edition for $349, whatever that is.
The most expensive non-Windows offering is $268 plus 19 for RHEL AS v3 with a 3-year subscription.
The Blade itself retails at $1424, and may require an enclosure for proper operation.
A Poweredge 850 Celeron D 2.53 GHz 1U base unit retails for $779, and offers W2K3 EM64T for $799, Windows 2003 Server, Standard Edition for $799, and "Windows 2000 Server Standard, SP4 with Windows 2003 Server Media" for $799.
A PowerEdge SC430 base tower costs $449. The cheapest Windows offering is a Microsoft Small Business Server 2003, Standard Edition for $499.
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There's no firewall in the 64 bit standard edition. Sign me right up! I would also add that yes, with Linux, I can do real 64 bit development out...
(Note the interesting phrasing in the above link:
Operating System Note: Dell does not certify and is unable to provide support on this server when installed with an operating system not listed below. If self installing an operating system, the no FD-CD option may require the use of an external floppy drive, CD drive, or USB key. System is right for you.
No link for RedHat, SUSE, or "blank"? Hmmmm....)
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Bob WinServer 2003 mulbreastasks pretty well. I recently did some tests (I have 1gig of RAM on a P4-2.0ghz system): * launched MS Access, Outlook Express, MS Paint, 2 instances of Firefox, Windows...
I don't see a Server OS here that retails for less than $349, at Dell, at least. Maybe HP or IBM have something -- but I for one doubt it.
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