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Linux File, Print and CD Thin Server in Flash-ROM

Nov 30, 1999 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

KYZO has today released the commercial version of its popular PizzaBox Linux distribution, so called because a prototype server was built in a Pizza Hut Takeout box.

In the first month the site received over 500,000 hits, and has recently registered as many as 75,000 in a single day. Registered users that have downloaded and run the free PizzaBox Server include both the Goddard Space Flight Centre and the Jet Propulsion Laboratories at NASA.

The commercial version is the same basic software as the free version, which will still be available, but differs in one significant respect. It is shipped pre-installed in a bootable Flash-ROM and comes with the the circuit board you need to make it boot in any 486 (or above) PC. With 10 times the life span of a hard disk, the package is aimed at system builders who are fed up with having to send skilled engineers to sites for days on end to re-install a File Server every time a hard drive goes down.

The system includes File, Print & CD sharing, remote access (for full remote administration), UPS monitoring, Tape backup, Hardware monitoring, APM. It will automatically accept both SCSI & IDE hard drives and comes with a sophisticated, JavaScript enabled, web management interface. It is aimed squarely at the SME market where current offerings from the big players are overcomplicated for the SME sector.

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