[ubuntu-uk] Windows Home Server

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Thu Oct 4 17:17:25 BST 2007


Hi David,

On Thu, 2007-10-04 at 16:41 +0100, Daniel Lamb wrote:
> Is this a joke?  
> 

If by "joke" you mean "yet another version of windows which has a subtly
different set of tools installed than other versions already available",
then yes, it's a belter that Jimmy Tarbuck would be proud of!

> Ubuntu with webmin (if you want to be more serious) on it or running gnome
> with some utilities would be a hell of a lot better than this.
> 

Shame webmin is no longer maintained in debian or (hence) ubuntu. There
is of course the Ubuntu server project which (AIUI) uses ebox for it's
admin core which could certainly do _some_ of what this does.

Setting up a home server on Ubuntu isn't actually that hard. We have
RAID for redundancy built in, LVM for disk space extension, SMB and NFS
for sharing, backup software, mail servers and webservers, and remote
access tools too. It just needs all tying together really in once neat
package which is pretty much what Microsoft have done with Home Server.

> This is a very basic server, something you should be able to run on an old
> box not running a new machine.

Heh. Yeah. I have a server at home. Well technically I have two. One
runs ipcop and that's my DHCP, DNS, (transparent) proxy, and all round
gateway to the web. The other is running Ubuntu as a file server, ssh
server (to let me get into the house via ssh when I am not at home) and
backup server. It also holds my local copy of the Ubuntu repos so that
all my machines update from that.

Both are old Dell desktops of this spec:-

alan at box:~$ grep MHz /proc/cpuinfo 
cpu MHz         : 398.801

alan at box:~$ grep MemTotal /proc/meminfo 
MemTotal:       190972 kB

Sweet!

Cheers,
Al.
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