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From Randy Terbush <ra...@zyzzyva.com>
Subject Re: Microsoft NT Workstation 4.0
Date Sat, 20 Jul 1996 18:38:29 GMT

And there was much rejoicing throughout the land....



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> Haven't seen this mentioned here yet.... check the signature.
> 
> 	Brian
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> >Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 11:28:16 -0700 (PDT)
> >To: cc@cyborganic.net
> >Subject: Microsoft NT Workstation 4.0
> >From: woof@claire.org
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> >Anyone heard about this? Can anyone verify if it's true?
> >
> >
> >------------- Begin Forwarded Message -------------
> >
> >You may have already heard that in Microsoft's upcoming NT
> >Workstation 4.0, functionality will be significantly
> >reduced. If you want to run *any* Web server--O'Reilly's,
> >Microsoft's, or others'--on NT, you'll have to buy NT
> >Server for $999. The implications of Microsoft's actions
> >are serious for the Web community, and I encourage you to
> >help spread the word about it.
> >
> >First, the facts (which have previously been mentioned about
> >on WS Talk): NT Workstation 4.0 will limit the number
> >of unique IP addresses which can contact a Web server to 10
> >or fewer in a 10-minute period.  No previous version of NT
> >Workstation has contained this limitation. Of course, this
> >effectively eliminates NT Workstation as an option for
> >Internet or Intranet Web server usage.
> >
> >Now, the implications: this development will choke off one
> >of the most important new directions for the Web: its
> >return to its roots as a groupware information sharing
> >system for the desktop. Like email and the PC itself, Web
> >publishing belongs on the desktop. With the higher price
> >tag of NT Server ($999 vs. $290), users who have never
> >before put up a web site will be extremely unlikely to do
> >so.
> >
> >This move by Microsoft will hurt the efforts of Web
> >developers, Intranet developers, and Internet service
> >providers, a great many of whom have been happy to create
> >sites on NT Workstation. Microsoft has been saying that IIS
> >(the Web server they include with NT Server) is free, and
> >quite clearly, this is now exposed as untrue. Developers
> >will have to stick with the older NT Workstation operating
> >system if they want to use any server other than IIS (noted
> >for its security problems), or will have to upgrade and pay
> >extra for the server of their choice.
> >
> >As Bob Denny says: "When I first started developing Web
> >servers in 1994, nearly all Web serving was done on the
> >Unix platform.  Considering that companies such as O'Reilly
> >& Associates, Netscape, and a half dozen more, pushed hard
> >in the fight to legitimize NT vs. Unix as a Web server
> >platform over the last 18 months, Microsoft's actions are
> >pretty extreme."
> >
> >I've sent email to Bill Gates to let him know of my
> >personal concern about the impact of his plans on Web users
> >and developers. I encourage anyone interested  in
> >maintaining the open systems nature of the Web to send
> >email to Microsoft, post this news on their sites and in
> >newsgroups, and write letters to editors, to put pressure
> >on Microsoft to reverse their decision. They've reversed
> >such decisions before, when people have expressed their
> >opinions about an important issue such as this.
> >
> >Regards,
> >Tim O'Reilly
> >President
> >O'Reilly & Associates
> >(Makers of Website)
> >
> >------------- End Forwarded Message -------------
> 




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