a light home server for server newbie... slackware + webmin?
i am trying to figure out what distro to use for a lightweight home server. it appears that the answer is slackware, but it may be a challenge to get it configured... would webmin resolve the configuration challenge (or maybe ebox)?
is there any other lightweight options? basically i would like it to boot quickly, and to be able to wake on lan and to go into some type of hibernation.
maybe all i need is freeNAS or Slack-Mini-Server?
imo, slackware is for hobbyist who like to spend their time at the keyboard. but if you like that, then maybe that's a good option for you.
there's a decent (but very limited) review of some lightweight distros here : http://www.linux.org/dist/reviews/lightwt_linux.html
to increase boot speed:
use a 2.4 kernel
don't use a graphical interface
however, hibernate and wake-on-lan may be issues and is as much hardware-dependent as it is OS dependent. and you may need to use a 2.6 kernel for that. I haven't had a lot of success with acpi under linux.
sorry, nothing definitive, just some thinking out loud...
would slackware be easier to configure with webmin?
seems like it, though I've never used it.
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