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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Microsoft NT Workstation 4.0
Date Sat, 20 Jul 1996 18:25:09 GMT

Haven't seen this mentioned here yet.... check the signature.



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>Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 11:28:16 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: Microsoft NT Workstation 4.0
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>Anyone heard about this? Can anyone verify if it's true?
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>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
>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.
>Tim O'Reilly
>O'Reilly & Associates
>(Makers of Website)
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