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  • Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, or......?

    Well, I'm finally going to embark on the mission of turning my current htpc into a home server/nas.....yay!

    Anyway, I had planned on using amahi based in their spiffing (yes, i said spiffing) website but after trying it out briefly on the machine in dual boot was left feeling that it was a bit of a bolt-on to fedora, I'd rather have a proper os handling everything.

    This leads to my question, i'm a server noob with very basic needs but would prefer a proper desktop os with the functionality of rdc/ssh etc but without having to go into the depths of its inner working. I'm leaning towards ubuntu desktop at the minute as i also currently need it to run xbmc but i'm curious......will this suffice? I know I should be able to add the necessary functionality to normal ubuntu but would the server version be easier in the long run even for a noob?

    Help!!!

    (oh, i also have a copy of server 2008 r2 lying around, w7, vista, and xp....and a few random linux distos i use as coasters. It'll be serving my main w7 pc, a ununtu lappy, and possibly the mrs' iPhone and any other guest 'machines' (mainly mates macbook ghey).)
    Originally posted by {SAS}TB
    Also gives me the chance to probe around the wife's rear end

  • #2
    really rusty on Ubuntu these days... if the server version comes with a full desktop then I'd go for that
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    • #3
      For a home server I'd say regular ubuntu would be the one to go for. I don't think they do a server version of 11.04, I believe the last server version was 10.04 LTS. I'm using 10.10 with XBMC at home, as an XBMC box and file server, no problems.

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      • #4
        If you want XBMC installed then go for Ubuntu desktop and just make sure you install openssh-server otherwise you wont have an SSH login.

        However if you wanted an out and out NAS, then FreeNAS is the way to go

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        • #5
          freenas is brilliant for a nas, i highly recommend it!. not sure if version 8 has dlna yet or not, but version 7 does.

          My old celeron system handled everything fine with streaming to my ps3 using freenas

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gmunday View Post
            freenas is brilliant for a nas, i highly recommend it!. not sure if version 8 has dlna yet or not, but version 7 does.

            My old celeron system handled everything fine with streaming to my ps3 using freenas
            Plus FreeNAS (being a FreeBSD derivitive) supports ZFS.

            (I'm a bit of a ZFS fanboy )

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Plan9 View Post
              Plus FreeNAS (being a FreeBSD derivitive) supports ZFS.

              (I'm a bit of a ZFS fanboy )
              Linux can do ZFS too. Although you're right, if it's first and foremost a fileserver and you don't have much linux experience FreeNAS is the best option.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by andyn View Post
                Linux can do ZFS too. Although you're right, if it's first and foremost a fileserver and you don't have much linux experience FreeNAS is the best option.
                Indeed. FUSE isn't a great option for heavy duty file systems and, as of yet, there isn't a practical kernel space ZFS driver for Linux. (you can get around the CDDL / GPL issues by manually compiling ported CDDL code into Linux, but as you said, that's far beyond most peoples capabilities).

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the input guys, I did consider freenas but this needs to work as a media centre for at least the next month. I'm thinking ubuntu desktop and just adding the necessary server bits as and when i need them
                  Originally posted by {SAS}TB
                  Also gives me the chance to probe around the wife's rear end

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