What does the home server do?

I was recently asked what the home server serves. So here is the list:

  1. NAS server. NFS and CIFS (via SAMBA). There is a single Windows system in the house which is increasingly not switched on. NFS for the two laptops that frequent the network. All supported via ZFS on two 400Gb drives with literally thousands of snapshots,44170. Space is beginning to get short thanks to the 10Mega pixel SLR camera so in the not to distant future a disk upgrade will be required.

  2. Sun Ray server. There are (currently) three Sun Rays. One acts as a photo frame and has no keyboard or mouse. The other two provide real interactive use. I can foresee a situation where we have two more Sun Rays.

  3. Email server. SMTP and IMAP via exim and imapd respectively. Clearly this implies spamassassin and and antivirus scanner, clamAV.

  4. SlimServer. I've just run up a slim server to get better access to internet radio stations. Having a radio player that I can hook up to the hi-fi that is not DAB, ie crap1, would be good. I feel a squeezebox coming soon.

Just occasionally and every time I ran up VirtualBox the system would struggle to cope prior to the CPU upgrade even when using the Fair Share Schedler. Since the upgrade it has not had any problems with having us all using it.




1It is nice to see that I am not alone in realising DAB is crap.

Comments:

DAB Radio is crap whether you have a good strength signal or not because each station uses such a small amount of bandwidth that the sound quality is awful. FM is far better.

Posted by guest on April 06, 2008 at 01:08 PM BST #

The cause of the crapness is the failing in the protocol to do adequate error correction.

FM is far better.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on April 06, 2008 at 01:19 PM BST #

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