Microsoft will take on Linux in the appliance market with an entry-level "Longhorn" Windows Server that will support a small number of users but requires no client access licenses, channel sources say.
The planned Windows Server OS appliance, code-named Fresno, will be bundled by OEMs and system builders and is targeted for availability in 2007 as part of the Longhorn server lineup.
The Longhorn appliance, with software and hardware included, will be priced at less than $1,000, several sources said. The software is slated to be available only to OEMs and system builders and cost a few hundred dollars.
Microsoft executives couldn't be reached for comment.
With the offering, Microsoft would be positioned to unravel Linux's momentum in the appliance market, according to channel sources.
"It's a low-end, inexpensive server that can be used like a server appliance, a security box or a file server, and it's based on Longhorn," said one channel source briefed on Microsoft's plans. "You don't need CALs [client access licenses] to attach to a Fresno server."
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