Acorn ponders RISC OS PowerPC port as it launches NT servers.Taken from the PowerPC news, June 19th 1995
Acorn Computers, the Cambridge, UK-based builder of machines for schools has
announced two PowerPC 604-based Windows NT servers.
The Acorn SchoolServer is a pretty standard PowerPC machine based on the 100MHz 604 processor, based on the IBM OEM board and running Windows NT 3.5.1 .
The box is expected to be available in mid-July and pricing has yet to be set, though the smaller AS 500 is expected to debut at around UKP5,000, while the AS 1000 will cost closer to UKP8,000.
Acorn has gone to ANT Ltd, which has built a piece of universal client software for Acorn's RISC OS boxes.
This 'Omniclient' supports Lan Manager, NFS and Netware protocols.
Acorn's decision to go with PowerPC at the server end raises a few questions
since the company 43% of Advanced RISC Machines Ltd, developer of the
successful ARM processor.
The company is also considering that big step of licensing its operating system
to other manufacturers says Phillips.
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