Helix Server was the first thing i looked into but when i asked about the number of visitors it will support. The answers i got was around 3 to 4 at a time. For more, i would have to buy the Helix Universal Server which costs $1,995.
I dont want to use it for Commercial Purposes, I only want to put educational stuff like documentatries, etc.
Further more, i am not able to download the latest version of Darwin Server for their official site.
Yes, Windows Streaming Media Server is part and parcel of the Windows 2003 Standard server, it does no come with Windows 2000 or the Windows 2003 Web Edition though. It is found on the installation CD or in /i386 folder. It is typically not installed by default but you can go to Add and Remove program and install it as part of the Windows Setup.
It is free. You can download the Windows Streaming Media Encoder from Microsoft website. Several 3rd party software such as the one from Ulead supports it natively.
Darwin server is free too but beyond that I am not sure since I have not investigated it.
The Windows Streaming Media Encoder 9 can work on any system (not just a server) to do the encoding. Your system running Windows XP just need to be using Microsoft Media Player 9 to enjoy the enhanced encoding.
You cannot run a Windows program on a Linux server. Windows Media Encoder encodes music to WMA or WMV (Video) and requires windows thus the name 'Windows Media Encoder'. It will need to stream through a Windows Media Server which runs on Windows.