HP Media Vault 2100 Linux Server Review

Website Gizmodo looks at the HP Media Vault 2100 Linux Server. In this review they compare it to the Windows Home Server enabled HP MediaSmart Server.

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  1. Antonio C. says:


    If you’re using Windows, you will need to restore “dead” PC clients often. On the other hand, Linux doesn’t experience the famous BSOD events like Microsoft continues to produce. Don’t get your feather ruffled, sure Linux is in development and it has it’s issues. The difference is, Linux is FREE, and it doesn’t require anyone to pay through the nose for it’s open source code, unlike Microsoft’s ALL proprietary source code.

    Ask anyone, using Windows Vista, the more recent, 6 billion dollar project for how many customers experience unrecoverable events. Heck just applying Vista SP1 was already proven for many to experience endless rebooting of their PC.

    Ask yourself, why are you paying for this type of $$$ crapware? When you could be helping to establish, like Linux is doing, at a cost no where even near the 6 billion dollars so needed to produce Vista DRM.

    $6,000,000,000.00 dollars for an operating system! Linux does more for less, and it helps more people all over the world without having to cave in to draconian stipulations!

    Linux supports GPL3, which gives everyone else the same rights. There’s a big difference between Microsoft and open source code community.

  2. Brian says:

    The Amahi (a Linux Distro) completely and automatically restore a dead Windows computer back to any backup point, over the network too!

  3. Gary says:


    Is there functionality for easily adding plugins? – you’re kidding right?

    One the primary features of Amahi, is it’s easier and more friendly add-ins!

    Just go to their website and sign-up and try it for yourself!
    http://www.amahi.org/login wiki.amahi.org/index.php/Main_Page

    Best of all it’s FREE! 🙂

  4. Derrick H. says:

    “Why bother with Windows Home Server when the Linux-based alternatives are on the surface equally friendly, equally powerful and—oh yeah—half the cost?”

    What’s better than MediaSmart Windows Home Server:
    • Web-based remote controls work great on Macs
    • Quieter, with less drive noise on a regular basis
    • Easy to back-up the server itself to a USB drive
    • Easier to access Windows backups, especially from a Mac
    • Probably does not share the same data corruption bug as WHS KB 946676!

    – Above taken by posted article at:

  5. Edward says:

    It seems totally ridiculous to me to use a Windows based OS if you just used it for a backup appliance.

    Then again, if Microsoft would just focus on their core competencies and fix the darn data corruption issue (KB 946676), we might be able to actually use WHS as a file server after all.

  6. Nathan says:

    It’s nice to see Linux is able to rank next to the WHS as a contender! Woot Woot and Woot! 🙂

  7. Ian says:

    Doesn’t know much about WHS because they left a lot of features out of the comparison…

    You mean like KB 946676 data corruption!

    Or the fact that it’s been reported that 17.9% of Vista crashes were caused by Microsoft’s own.


    And if you want to count Nvidia drivers, that means some 479,326 Vista hung systems!

    Seems like more than enough Vista hung systems for anyone to be happy about, right?


  8. Brandon says:

    The best Vista edition failed a hacker challenge. Which means if a hacker takes over your PC client, how safe do you think WHS is going to be? On the other hand the same hacker challenge established Linux unhackable during this challenge for prize money.


  9. Douglas says:

    Shane Macaulay from Security Objectives was able to take over the Fujitsu U810 laptop running Vista Ultimate SP1. So even the newest Vista SP1 isn’t all that secure. Who thinks WHS is any better? Especially, when it’s left on 24/365!

    Then think again, how many WHS end users install them third party add-ins that are mostly all beta quality, leaving hackers even more of many means to exploit them.

    Still think WHS is secure and safe? How could WHS be better than Vista, right?

  10. Cody says:

    “If Microsoft wanted to improve Vista’s quality, the best thing they could possibly have done would be to provide more support for driver developers. In particular, they should have carpet-bombed the major display hardware makers with assistance, treated them to “driver ed” classes, and even paired Microsoft experts with the hardware developers to make sure the drivers would be excellent.” – Dave Methvin

    One must wonder, if Microsoft isn’t even willing to get things right for it’s flagship operating system (Vista), just when would it get around to fixing it’s distant cousin WHS with it’s Drive Extender design flaw known as KB 946676 (data corruption)?

    Microsoft’s recent record of failures speaks for itself loud and clear. That it’s losing public confidence, manufacture respect and brand integrity.

    If this keeps up, Microsoft will become another junk bond in the stock market. Intel will falter not having Microsoft succumb to it’s desires. Just as many other vendors selling pre-load Windows.

    The good news, is in that this opens up new opportunities for once and for all. For many this is good news, and a few will certainly complain about it too.

  11. Chris says:

    Quite a bit of Microsoft bashing in this thread. I am not in either camp but I think often Linux users get a little ahead of themselves.

    First, you can’t compare Windows Home Server to Vista, it’s built on Windows Server 2003, which is used by millions of companies worldwide for a wide variety of uses. The servers run 24/7/365 and often require minimal maintenance. That does not mean that every machine is going to work all the time, or that you will not have software issues. There are so many variables that i won’t even go into.

    While WHS is suffering from a bug dealing with data corruption do realize that the majority of WHS users have not experienced this issue. It’s not near as rampant as so would have you believe. Likewise with Vista, I know many companies that have upgraded to Vista, I use it on all the PC’s in my home and I have been very pleased with it. And with SP1 it has made it even faster. I am a software developer and many of the enhancements in Vista have really made a difference.

    Linux users, often forget that while their OS appears to be more secure and a better OS then Windows products, but the appearance is only skin deep. The Windows based OS has a much much much larger share of the market, and thus a much larger share of people out there trying to attack it. Open source certainly has it’s benefits in that it is free, but with free products you also loose accountability. If you have a problem with Linux who do you go to? Who do you hold accountable? And while Microsoft appears to charge a lot for its operating system, it also gives a lot of stuff away for free.

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