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Old 04-04-2007, 03:01 AM   #1
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LXer: The downside of setting up a Linux-based home data server

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Most of us have older PCs that we have little use for. Linux advocates often suggest turning such systems into home data servers. A number of people have written how this can be done, with one recent article suggesting the use of Ubuntu. Now, Iím all for the reuse of old hardware wherever possible. Itís damaging to the environment to improperly dispose of such systems, for instance. In business settings, we can often repurpose older PCs and servers in a number of ways. Older PCs often make excellent firewalls and web proxies. By installing an OS like OpenBSD or NetBSD on such hardware, one can get a secure, affordable and yet powerful system. But Iím not sure this holds true for the home data server suggestions.



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