Originally Posted by MFago
We use laptops at home and I need a home file server, call it an XServe SOHO. Take the mainboard from a Mini, add 4 drive bays, perhaps one PCI slot and beef up the power supply and fans etc. Put it in a very cute mini-tower case. I'd think $999-$1299 wouldn't be unreasonable.
The closest thing I can get to this is a Mac Mini with an external drive enclosure(s) using Firewire 400 (not really meant for a server), or $2500 for a Mac Pro (way overkill). So guess what? I haven't bought anything ...
Apple wants us to get all of our music/TV/Movies over iTunes, but won't sell us any place to put it!
I run a Mac pro as my main computer and an iBook (soon to be replaced by a macbook pro 17"); my family use 4 macbooks and we have 4 PCs. I run a macmini with the HD replaced by a larger one and an external firewire 500Gb drive. This combination is plenty fast enough for a home server and runs leopard server happily. I would like to see a mid tower too but I don't think it would happen though! For a home server you can get away with the mini, it has gigabit ethernet, enough storage and is small and economical to keep on 24 hrs a day.
*but* an "Apple Mac" with 2 drive bays, 1 optical bay, DDR2 Ram (4 slots) and a single processor socket (still capable of 4 cores) would be great !!