[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Server - sys req?

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Mon Feb 11 21:11:55 GMT 2008

George MacLeod wrote:
> I'm also planning a similar project with an old PIII and I found this 
> tutorial http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu-home-fileserver which will 
> certainly help me as I'm new to server set ups etc.
> Seoras

I'm not so sure about a couple of things...

"The server is built with Ubuntu Server 7.10 & Samba. Do not use Ubuntu 
Server 5.04 LTS because this version does not support the latest SATA 
Controllers (in an Pentium II or III you likely want to use a PCI SATA 
RAID controller to attach SATA hard disks)."

I think they mean Ubuntu Server 6.06 LTS.  To be honest for a server I'd 
rather use an LTS version as I'd want to install the server and not have 
to worry about updates running out and having to upgrade (or install a 
new version of Ubuntu) for a few years.

Under the requirements it says...

"The hard disks for data storage in the file server must be formatted in 
the NTFS format. You can use the Gparted live CD to do this job."

I'd be reluctant to use NTFS on a Linux box.  I'd personally use EXT3 
format over some proprietary file system with fragmentation issues.  It 
doesn't appear to mention that it is possible to get an EXT3 driver for 
Windows, and in any case, if the machine died I'd use an Ubuntu Live CD 
to get the data off.


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