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Old 02-05-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Lightweight Linux Server Suggestions


I am trying to learn servers. I have an old laptop here I am trying to turn into a mail / firewall server for my network. I am just curious to what systems poeple suggest. Looking for something Debian based. I was trying the "Engarde" Linux but was not having much luck with connecting and configuring it even after the network and internet hook up.

I tried the new Ubuntu server but it did not fit my CPU. The machine I am trying to build this on is a Dell Inspiron 600m, with about 500mb ram with a Pentium M 1.30ghz Processor. I know it is not much, just trying to get some fun projects going..
 
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Why Debian based and not Debian itself? Debian is a good OS for a server and it comes with a kernel that supports your CPU.
 
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I decided to try it so I got the mini cd for custom install but the installer pretty much hangs up on me as soon as it goes to detect network devices. Screen freezes, no status, mouse responsive, no cd spin or drive read/write, just kinda drops. Going to poke around some more, though I want something that may be configurable via http and something that has just what I need no more....

I suppose I could set up the server as a NFS? Then grant myself permissions for ease of management? Tryng to make something I can both tuck away and tinker with...

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:51 PM   #4
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I know it's not Debian based, but it should fill your needs: http://sms.it-ccs.com/index.html
 
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I have a string of routers extending my signal in the home network, I am thinking about putting this somewhere early in the line off the main router, then route all traffic through the server laptop, forcing the entire network worth of traffic to go through the firewall, and also to configure network intrusion detection tools. I have up to 6-7 computers going at times, will this laptop suffice? Or can I expect data speeds to decline? Maybe I should buy more ram.....

I am going to check out this Superb Mini Server too looking to experiment to find what will be right for this network and it's needs...

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Old 02-05-2014, 06:54 PM   #6
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To achieve this you need dual NIC's in order to really make this a firewall. All traffic should enter NIC1 get filtered to your liking and output to NIC2. Wired NIC's are the way to go. If using wired along with wireless you will not achieve maximum throughput but it would work.

How do you plan on actually filtering this traffic?
 
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Yes I have considered the issue with only having the wireless as a second NIC, I did intend to bridge it along the string of repeaters I have. I have been working with iptables for the firewall, actually my first been on it for days coffee at the screen til' midnight. I am already finding limitations I will have with this old laptop and am trying to find something a little better suited for the job.
 
  


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