[ubuntu-uk] Home Servers

Philip Newborough mail at philipnewborough.co.uk
Wed Oct 3 15:55:23 BST 2007

On 03/10/2007, Mark Harrison <Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com> wrote:
> Darren.Mansell at opengi.co.uk wrote:
> > I've got a laptop with a broken screen as my home server. Got it for
> > free from a family member but they are dirt cheap and fleabay. Its got
> > 80GB storage, integrated UPS, (very) low power consumption and with
> > speedstep enabled on the CPU and laptop-mode enabled on the hard disk
> > its very quiet. Ideal home server even if I say so myself ;). Of course
> > it can't do stuff like be a MythTV backend but it streams media happily
> > enough. Oh and it has wifi built in so I can put it anywhere with a
> > power outlet. (on a shelf somewhere or in a cupboard.
> I have a number of mates who install "home automation" stuff (web
> control of lights, multi-room audio and so on.)
> Quite a few of them have moved to laptops for the "home control servers"
> because of their ability to handle short power outages gracefully!
> For my home servers, I use some Via ITX stuff from www.linitx.com
Talking of laptops for servers, I purchased an old and quite battered
Satellite Pro laptop from  a local place that deals with redundant
City Council equipment. I paid £50 for it and use it to run Ubuntu
server 6.06 LTS. I've had it about a year now, it runs my cron jobs
[the main reason I bought it] and SSH server so that I can connect to
my home network when at work. It's battery holds just enough charge to
keep it going through a power cut -- which beats having to get an
expensive UPS.

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