X86 based servers has been taking a larger portion of the server market during the last few years The reason for this success is the high price/performance benefit these systems offer. A major portion of these servers are running open source operating systems like Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, etc.
One feature these systems lack when compared to traditional UNIX servers from companies like Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, and Silicon Graphics is a remote console.
The open source operating systems mentioned earlier provide a serial port console operation, but it has one important drawback -- it can not be used to operate the BIOS or early in the boot process. This will not make it possible to install the operating system initially, neither fix BIOS related problems.
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