March 5, 2001

Maxtor picks Windows, dumps Open Source

Author: JT Smith

CNET: "The company's new MaxAttach 4100 uses a custom version of Windows 2000 that manufacturers
can shape to their own needs when making special-purpose servers called "server appliances."
Maxtor chose it over the no-cost, open-source FreeBSD, the operating system used in the
MaxAttach 4000, because of required software features, said Steve Williams, Maxtor's product
marketing director.

FreeBSD did not support large file sizes, Macintosh and newer Novell file systems, or backup and
management software from companies such as OpenView, Tivoli and Microsoft, Williams said."


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