Best Hardware Recommendation for Ubuntu Server 12.04

emilianovazquez at emilianovazquez at
Mon Sep 24 15:01:29 UTC 2012

Sorry for top posting! I'm at blackberry phone.

I think there is another questions to see not only cpu power.

I preffer a offboard gigabyte lan on a P4 machine and with the money saved buy a switch with gigalan ports. This is better than a i3 with 8gb and sata3 hd running on a wifi enviroment with 54mb of speed (in a perfect world).

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-----Original Message-----
From: Liam Proven <lproven at>
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Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:48:26 
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Subject: Re: Best Hardware Recommendation for Ubuntu Server 12.04

On 24 September 2012 14:26, Phil Dobbin <bukowskiscat at> wrote:
> Amichai Rotman wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I have a small LAN with a File Server running an old version of Linux
>> (which I did not install). The current server is very old and about to
>> "die"....
>> The server serves 4 WinXP machines and a network printer, and is used to
>> share a few document folders and an application data folder.
>> I want to provide an alternative to this server, with a look ahead, to
>> last a few years.  I was thinking of installing Ubuntu Server 12.04 on a
>> Core i3 Intel, 2Gb RAM and 2x500 Gb HDDs set up as RAID1. A friend of
>> mine suggested replacing the CPU with an Intel Pentium G620 to save up
>> ion cost. Is the Core i3 an overkill?
>> Will appreciate your input on the best cost/productivity ratio for the
>> job...
> You can pick up nowadays Dell PowerEdge 2950s for about £100 on eBay at
> reputable sellers (i.e. small businesses who do clearances) that are
> more than adequate (for £100 you'd probably get dual-core Xeons & 4GB's
> of RAM).

This sounds like a good idea to me. Yes, such older servers are noisy,
but you can get a lot of power for very little money!

I use a relatively ancient HP Proliant ML110 G1 - P3/3.06GHz - which I
was given free. For a server it has abundant power for my small home
network & it's more robust than a desktop machine would be.

> I'd say Core i3 is certainly overkill for what you're proposing to use
> it for but don't let me put you off ;-)


But mainly, you would be better off with an older, slower,
actual-purpose-built server than a workstation.

There is a maxim:

Buying desktop hardware and installing a server OS doesn't make a
server-class system any more than sitting in a puddle makes you a duck.
[Cipher in a.s.r]

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