It is Build 5308! No, not the same 5308 that was released last week, a different 5308! The build released last week was 5308.17; where .17 means recompile number 17. On February 28th, 2006, a new build was released, just days after the first. This build, 5308.60, is the 60th recompile, and purportedly more stable, less troublesome, smoother, faster, and without the memory leaks. Though the reports of its stability and near perfection may have been exaggerated, NeoSmart Technologies has obtained proof of it’s release.
As far as we can tell, the changes have been made to the server OS. Apparently 5308.17 server edition had many issues, and so MS recompiled and re-released it. However, in doing so they also recompiled the core kernel, meaning that the Vista Client was also updated at its heart…
At the moment it is only availabe to Connect Tech Beta testers, and is about the same size as the original 5308 release. However, 5308.60 is an “unstaged” build, which refers to the type of setup system used to get the build installed. 5270, for example, was an unstaged build, while 5308.17 (the one released last week) was a staged build.
The difference in install time was incredible, but not all of it is due to the staging. In fact, we can gaurantee that it will take far less time to install 5308.60 than it took for 5270 to install, and only slightly more time than 5308.17; where “slightly” ranges anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
5308.60 ISO Details:
Description: This image includes both Windows Vista and Longhorn Server. It is an unstaged package.
Size: 2,256.74 MB
Download Link: Microsoft Connect
There is also a 64-bit edition up for download. The Longhorn Server Core is availabse in 5308.60 in under 700 MB for those who are only interested in the core & kernel.
Proof of Purchase ;)