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Old 04-14-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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Which distro to use?


I have an older computer (Duron) that I want to use as a file server. I have wake-on-lan capability, which I've figured out. I want the computer to boot up as fast as possible, share a drive via Samba and shut itself off after a determined amount of inactivity.

Which distro would best suit this need? I assume it should be a minimalist text-based, but which one?
 
Old 04-14-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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well i would go with something with an up-to-date kerneland very compact and supported. I would probably choose vector linux and jsut not use the gui. As for programs to do this you might want to use proftp for your file server or something. But i dont know that much about programs for servers so it isnt based on personal experience
 
Old 04-14-2006, 10:09 PM   #3
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Use Ubuntu, you will love it. Very fast, very simple. BUT, to browse network files EASILY, you will have to use Konquorer, even with GNOME.
 
Old 04-15-2006, 07:30 AM   #4
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I'm using Vector no my primary computer. Pretty quick. I also have ubuntu, because for some reason, Vector can't read my CF card reader. I'll have to strip it down to bare basics, because I want a boot time to be less than a minute. I'm not using this computer to browse network files, I want to use it as a storage drive, that can be mounted as needed.

I haven't figured out a way for the computer to shut off automatically after a set amount of time. This is a home network and doesn't get all that much use.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 10:27 PM   #5
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I have a server running Debian that works fine. Have file server, http server, ftp server, and a bunch of more features. It boots fast, since it runs with no graphical interface. And i have also samba working. Regarding the possibility to turn off due to inactivity .. hummm .. have to take a look. If i find anything i'll post.
 
Old 05-30-2006, 06:12 AM   #6
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I can shut down remotely with a VNC app in Suse.
http:/ip.address:5081 and login as root.

Now to find a distro. What are the minimum routines I need to boot up with?
 
Old 05-30-2006, 10:54 PM   #7
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If you're looking for a minimal system you might want to check out Arch. The base install has very little past the most basic requirements, so you'll just need to add what you need. I don't know what this would be though since I have no experience with servers.
 
  


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