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Old 08-15-2014, 07:27 AM   #1
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whats a good linux server for an old machine
 
Old 08-15-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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What is the hardware in this 'old machine'?
Ubuntu server edition might work, Slackware could be a good one too, Debian also works. FreeBSD might be also good for servers.
 
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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It really depends what you need a "server" to do, as well as the capability of the hardware.

You could want a server to be a media server, file server, or network server; probably some other functions I haven't thought of as well as a combination of features.

Either case, you can install just Linux for a desktop and a lot of distributions contain sufficient server daemons to perform similar functions as a server. And you can also install other stuff on most given distributions to accomplish what you want.

I think if you want a personal or home server, then maybe starting with a Linux desktop distribution is fine. If you're building a server for many users to be part of an office network and need it to perform well, then my answer is different.
 
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:02 AM   #4
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On business servers, Linux is usually run without a GUI: that makes it much easier to see what's going on if there's any trouble. If you adopt the same approach for a home server, you'll have no problem with a old computer, since it's the GUI that eats your RAM and CPU activity. CentOS is popular with enterprise users and the installer allows you to choose an installation type, including basic server, database server, or web-server. Salix, based on Slackware, has a CLI installation option too.
 
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:53 AM   #5
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The only problem I see with using an old computer as server is that the server will be switched ON 24h/7days and the power consumption of old hardware is not very friendly on energy saving.

Also I couldnt install CentOS in a 6 years old laptop I had due to lack of PAE suppor on the processor in my computer. CentOS is a popular server distro.
 
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:35 PM   #6
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In many ways there is little or no difference anymore between a desktop OS and a server OS. The basic subsystem is almost exactly the same. Maybe a different kernel and extra this or less of that.

Right now I'm still partial to OpenSuse and Debian but as noted above, use, hardware would be the first that we'd need to know about.

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Old 08-15-2014, 09:22 PM   #7
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From what I understand, the only difference between the server and desktop versions is the presence of a GUI. From what I understand, the only thing I need to do to convert Ubuntu Server to Ubuntu Desktop is "apt-get install lxde lightdm" (and configure, if needed).
 
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:00 PM   #8
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what server machine are you currently thinking of?

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