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?xunil 08-09-2008 08:20 AM

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?


grepmasterd 08-09-2008 01:46 PM

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 :

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...

?xunil 08-10-2008 03:08 PM

would slackware be easier to configure with webmin?

grepmasterd 08-10-2008 11:05 PM

seems like it, though I've never used it.

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