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Old 11-30-2009, 06:12 AM   #1
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Mini home linux server - where to buy ?


Hi all,


I would like to buy nice small/mini server to my home. The question is if something like this existing.

I dont need PC with 400W power supply in mini version. I need something realy small which can save my money - energy.

I have found several on the market but each of them has it own operating system. From time to time I would like to run some perl scripts. So I need linux. Does anybody knows where can I buy something like this ? Or maybe You can tell me which model support linux ?


cheers

Dlugasx
 
Old 11-30-2009, 06:29 AM   #2
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Almost all of the NAS appliances on the market now afe running Linux, or at least can run Linux with some work. Which brands/ models are you considering?
 
Old 11-30-2009, 07:13 AM   #3
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Have a browse through these links. I'm sure I saw servers mentioned somewhere.
 
Old 11-30-2009, 07:14 AM   #4
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Hi,

It seems your needs are minimal for a 'server'. I suggest a small laptop since your power requirements seem to be the main factor here. You can use a older used machine or purchase a small footprint unit. The storage needs could be a external drive.

What about the rest of your LAN? Load requirements for the server?

Wired or wireless LAN? Mixed?

 
Old 11-30-2009, 08:19 AM   #5
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I need something realy small like You can see here:

http://www.thecus.com/news_contentx.php?nid=1531

This is realy nice stuff , 6W idle power!!!!!!




Hmm... Maybe admin of linuxquestions.com can create nice Forum about Saving energy using linux.

This is important subject I think. At home I have machine which render 3d all the time since 6 weeks. Instead of 44E I have paid 179E. It was shock for me!

But then I have count how much energy it consuming, 1100W + plus my private storage 490W (which is also warking all the time) and I have decided to reduce storage consumption.


And I have found ... 6W its a record for me. I have found one tool which consuming max 2W but without nice 500GB storage . Usb stick is too slow.
 
Old 11-30-2009, 08:36 AM   #6
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I have a Fit-PC Slim. The spec said it consumed just 6W at idle, though I've never measured it. You can get a Fit-PC2 which supposedly consumes the same, though has better specs (faster processor, more RAM etc.). I've not had any complaints with it at all. It just sits there, silently serving documents over Samba and NFS. It's also an SSH server and a FreeNX server. I occasionally fire up VNC servers too, though rarely. I wouldn't want to use the Fit-PC Slim as a desktop, though the Fit-PC2 has the same specs as a netbook, so it's actually quite powerful.

You can buy the Fit-PCs with no operating system, so you can put whatever you want on them.

See the wiki page on them for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fit-PC

This is the site for the Fit-PC Slim I have: http://www.fit-pc.com/fit-pc1/. This is for the Fit-PC2: http://www.fit-pc.com/web/.
 
Old 11-30-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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Take a look at newegg.com (even if you do not/cannot buy from them). Look at the atom 330 processor. They list a number of machines in the low power range. The new ION chipset 330s consume a lot less energy than the Intel chipset boards. You may be better off/cheaper(long term) assembling your own box. If you look at the Pico PSU it is solid state, handles up to 100W(plenty for most home servers), and is dead quiet(no fan). Some of these systems use less than 60W under full load and idle under 20W.
 
Old 12-01-2009, 05:12 AM   #8
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You have lots of options and so I will throw out another. Check out Sheevaplug, it runs Ubuntu, includes perl and only uses 5W or so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SheevaPlug

Last edited by michaelk; 05-27-2010 at 03:34 PM.
 
Old 12-01-2009, 08:30 PM   #9
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http://www.frys.com/product/5970674?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
 
Old 12-02-2009, 01:55 AM   #10
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I suggest the following which I might use for my file server.

http://www.embeddedarm.com/products/...roduct=TS-7800

It has two SATA connectors, USB (for input devices), and a 1 Gb NIC. If you add a hardware port multiplier from Addonics, it should provide a good file server with hardware RAID. One problem, it does not come with a display unless you add one like the following.

http://www.embeddedarm.com/products/...product=TS-7KV

You can always get a few solar cells and a helix wind mill to generate electricity for your server.

Even though the ARM processor is 500 MHz. It is still is fast enough for a file server or a web server. You should be able to run any PERL scripts.
 
Old 05-27-2010, 03:24 PM   #11
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You have lots of options and so I will through out another. Check out Sheevaplug, it runs Ubuntu, includes perl and only uses 5W or so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SheevaPlug
I have that SheevaPlug with Ubuntu and I use it as a small webserver.

However, note that some Linux distros won't work out of the box with the ARM processor (e.g. ClearOS needs x86).
 
Old 05-27-2010, 03:38 PM   #12
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I have a 733MHz P-III which spends most of its time as a dust magnet. It is bulletproof, quiet, and low-power. Perfect for a low-demand server.

My point?: a used computer may be what you need. something like mine can't be much over $100----check e-bay
 
Old 05-27-2010, 04:54 PM   #13
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Hi,

Even cheaper if your a 'picker'.

Recyclers have some good deals in our area.
 
Old 05-27-2010, 05:19 PM   #14
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I've got this:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/182588
as my 'home' server. It's energy efficient, quiet (fan-less) and cheap.

It's also not really powerful, but it's good enough for my needs.
 
Old 05-27-2010, 05:45 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by dlugasx View Post
Hi all,


I would like to buy nice small/mini server to my home. The question is if something like this existing.

I dont need PC with 400W power supply in mini version. I need something realy small which can save my money - energy.

I have found several on the market but each of them has it own operating system. From time to time I would like to run some perl scripts. So I need linux. Does anybody knows where can I buy something like this ? Or maybe You can tell me which model support linux ?


cheers

Dlugasx
It's almost on your doorstep...

http://www.reichelt.de/?ACTION=3;GRO...807af63cedcd3f

And a little bit farther away:

http://www.nowthatsit.nl/itemDetails.asp?i=10617&c=h
http://www.nowthatsit.nl/itemDetails.asp?i=10387&c=190

Here's a nice one: http://www.nowthatsit.nl/itemDetails.asp?i=10062&c=278 but you've got to read this as well: http://www.kazak.com.co/evo/

Just go for it!
 
  


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