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Old 11-21-2003, 09:05 PM   #1
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Creating a Linux file server


Hey everone a friend of mine has offered me old pc. (anywhere from a 486 to a 233) and i would like to turn it into a file server. I know there are alot of great small linux distros that are great for specific things. BBI agent is a linux distro that runs off a floppy and can serve as a internet router using a old pc. I was wondering what would be a good distro to use for this task? I am pretty much a linux n00b. I have the following OS's that would be accessing this server

In no specific order
Windows 98Se
Windows 2000 Pro Sp4
Windows xp home SP1
Red hat 8
Possible Suse 9

If you need any more info let me know. Thanks
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:10 PM   #2
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If the computer he is giving you is a 486 to a 233, you can rule out just about anything linux with a gui, and none of those microsoft products will run reliably, if at all. (well 98se would run ok but it's networking capabilities are weak.)
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:25 PM   #3
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yeah i know, i have a old copy of win 95 around but that isnt installed. I know BBI agent doenst have a GUI you set it up like a boot disk from windows and then just throw that in there. I was wondering if such a thing existed for a file server. I dont expect much form this thing, i knew a 486 couldnt run any GUI. KDE is hard enough fior my 500 Mhz on my spare pc.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:39 PM   #4
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I don't think you are going to be doing yourself any favors by setting up a file server on something that slow. Unless you by an IDE controller and new hard drive.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 10:05 PM   #5
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yeah i thought of that, with the limitations of the mobo i would need a controler in order to get a decent size drive in it. This thing is rather useless other then being a router huh
 
Old 11-21-2003, 10:08 PM   #6
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Wow....
I have used Linux ( RH9 ) with full GUI (GNOME) on a 166MHz PC 128Mb RAM and a 30Gb HardDisk It is not very fast but, it was not painfull either. I used this PC with dual boot with W98 for more than 2 years very happely.
If you do not plan on compiling kernels or something else that is leaning hevely on the processor time it won't be a problem to set-up a server with it.
Since a dedicated server doesn't need a GUI, you can save lots of diskspace by not installing the GUI. File servers don't need to be very fast either if it does not do anything else.

Rolf
 
Old 11-21-2003, 11:08 PM   #7
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now sure if im good enough to set one up without a GUI hehe. But thanks for the input. I have Mdk 9.1, RH9 and RH8,. Not including knoppix and lindows live cd. Ill have to see what i can rig up, ill try and find out the exact specs.
 
  


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