searching free network storage OS

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I've seen an article in a PC-magazin, but i didn't found/knew the magazin after reading - anyhow long i search... so i'll have to ask you, if you know this software/OS

The article described an OperatingSystem, that is only designed for the task to serve as a NetworkStorage ... it should even be possible to use big 100GB harddisks with old 486 pre-pentium PCs, because the OS should handle the harddisk system with internal means... did i mention, that this software was free?

And just as i wanted to set things up, that magazin disappeared ;-(

Any idea?

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sunray_2003Commented:
I just searched on the internet and found this article
http://is.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=Articles&Subsection=Display&ARTICLE_ID=104687

Is this something that you are talking about ?

SR
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sys38893Commented:
The answer is Linux.

There are many different linux distributions available. If you are not very familiar with linux http://www.linux.org is a good starting point. You may find more information here including where to download linux as well as information on various linux distributions.

hope it helps.
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holger12345Author Commented:
@sunray, @plemieux:

these are nice articles, that are very close to the one I search.. but my searched one is FREE and and downloadable (your links provide no software) and is a software that can be installed on very old PCs ... I have many old 486 that would nicely fit ;-)
Just looked at the www.darma.com website... there is a free trial download ... but it fits only for 2 SMB-connections per share, so i can't use it in a classroom

@sys38893:
yeah i know... and i know linux... but i just wanted THIS i read about.  Linux also can't fit 100GB Harddisk onto old PCs and it has so many features i don't need

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collinwingetCommented:
i'm sure you could find a version of linux that would do that.. won't it format it in NTFS and wouldnt that work? just speculation, i havent tried anything like that
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holger12345Author Commented:
Hi,

i accept sys38892's answer (though it's not really the one i searched for - and therefor the 'B'), but i found some nice hints about distributions there... and i will set up a linux server in the near future.

regards Holger
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holger12345Author Commented:
10 Month later i found it ... the searched item was NASlite from serverelements.com

regards to all
Holger
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