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Old 09-25-2004, 10:44 AM   #1
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Stand-alone server on a laptop?

Maybe this is a question from a real novice in Linux, but can somebody tell me if I can install linux as a stand-alone server on a laptop?... if so, do i have to change the config files?

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A server for what? The chances are that like with any computer system you will need to configure it.
Old 09-25-2004, 06:17 PM   #3
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A laptop is more or less a regular PC as far as Linux is concerned. Things that may not be common on desktops, but are common on laptops, are ACPI, PCMCIA ("PC cards") and power management. Other than that it's basically the same.

I have had a semi-broken Dell Latitude CPi 300 with 128MB working as a server for quite some time and it does well. Plus thanks to its battery it basically has a built-in UPS.

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Laptops actually make a kickass little server in Linux. Like hw-tph pointed out the battery makes a good UPS. Even older laptops work very well assuming that you don't need a server capable of running Apache with 200 hits a minute.

The main reason that laptops and Linux don't always get along is due to advanced hardware features like suspend-to-RAM, ACPI, downclocking CPUs, etc.....

However such features are only needed if you are moving your laptop around all the time. If it remains on a desk acting like a server then you don't have to worry about such things.
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I just want the server to investigate the OS capabilities and learning.

Thank you All!


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