Low end PC as home server, what package should I install?

Matthew Clarke mj3clark at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 06:02:23 UTC 2008

That machine could serve alright as a home server, although installing the
server edition would be much preferable to a desktop. A GUI would take a
hefty chunk out of your available RAM. (Gnome is big, but I'm not sure about
xubuntu's RAM footprint)

Samba is the main package that you will need.


On Feb 19, 2008 12:28 AM, Raymond Lee <raycml at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have an IBM desktop PC (about Windows 98 2nd release(or whatever it
> was called that started support USB devices) time frame). I have added
> to a total of 192MB.
> I want to turn it into a home server for other machines (one Windows
> Vista home basic, one Windows XP Pro) for access of multimedia data
> (photos and music) by attaching an 80GB or 160GB PATA drives which are
> dirt cheap now. Do you think it is a feasible solution? I think I'll
> need Samba. Is it included in the desktop version or the server version
> of Ubuntu? Considering the power of the system being on the low end,
> should I do Xubuntu? If so, again, is Samba included?
> If this sounds ok, what about I move a step forward by installing a RAID
> adapter and run disk mirroring? Are there any such adapters (PCI bus)
> that are supported by Ubuntu?
> Are there any online resources for help in starting Samba on Ubuntu?
> Thanks a lot!
> Raymond
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