Windows News Roundup, Early November Edition

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DIY Windows Home Server 120-day Free Trial

Windows Home Server , which adds centralized backup, easy Internet access, and file organization features to your home network, is now available in HP's new line of MediaSmart Servers . But, if you have an existing PC sitting around, you can also turn it into a Windows Home Server box - and do it for free for 120 days. The hardware requirements are pretty modest:

  • Computer with 1 GHz Pentium III (or equivalent) or faster processor
  • 512 MB of RAM or more
  • 70 GB or larger ATA, SATA, or SCSI hard drive as the primary hard drive and any number of additional hard drives of any size
  • Bootable DVD drive
  • VGA or higher-resolution monitor for software installation
  • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device (needed only during initial home server software installation)
  • 100 Mbps or faster Ethernet network interface card

So, why not give it a try ? You'll pay only for shipping (just $5.99 for US customers).

Love Movie Trailers? Hate Security Problems? Update QuickTime Now!

InfoWorld reports that Apple's new QuickTime release, version 7.3, stomps out seven security-related bugs , including one in QuickTime for Java. All QuickTime 7.3 updates can be downloaded from the Apple Support Downloads website.

Mandriva Linux Gets an Education in Windows Hardball in Nigeria

Right now, the folks at Mandriva must be wondering what happened to a "deal is a deal." Last week, Mandriva announced a deal with the Nigerian government for 17,000 Intel Classmate PCs running Mandriva Linux. The PCs are for a national educational pilot program. However, by week's end, Mandriva's hopes for market penetration into the emerging Nigerian educational market had been dashed , as the Mandriva installations are being replaced with Windows XP Professional, which is also an approved operating system for the Classmate PC.

Given the modest specifications of the Classmate PC (Intel 900MHz ULV processor with 400MHz FSB and no L2 cache, 915GMS/ICH6 chipset, 256MB RAM, 1GB flash memory for Linux or 2GB flash memory for Windows), one has to wonder whether students are also going to get an education in waiting on the PC after the operating system swap.

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