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Old 27th May 2008, 04:07 PM
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Linux Home Server/Media Center

I want to set up a Server on my home network that would act like a cross between the new Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center. The network will be a Linux/Windows hybrid on a 100/1000BaseT Network and i was wondering what servers to actually install to keep install size down to a minimum (would Gnome or KDE be better). I know I need a Samba server, I was thinking of using Fedora 9 but if there is a better distro to use i would appreciate it if you let me know.
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Old 27th May 2008, 04:15 PM
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CentOS is better choice for a server due its long life cycle and more manageable updates. What comes to GUI, do you really need one? If you install (Gnome, KDE whatever) you save system resources by setting it to boot to init 3 by default and only start X if and when needed.

You'd be probably best off by using Webmin to administer the server than GUI though.

What comes to servers, it depends on what kind of content and how you want to serve it to your clients.
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Old 28th May 2008, 03:14 AM
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I would recommend going with Feodra 8 and installing MythTV (from the atrpms repo). This will give you the functionality of Windows Media Center with a few added benefits. It will allow you to do the standard DVR stuff (record, pause/rewind live tv, etc.), but it will also allow you to view photos, watch video clips, watch DVDs, setup a video phone, pull news feeds, lookup movie times, get local weather info, access your Netflix account, view websites, and even setup a security system (using Zoneminder). I have been using this setup for quite a while and I absolutely love it. I can watch all of my recorded tv shows, review my security camera recordings, and setup picture slide shows for friends and family.

To get the functionality of Windows Home Server, you will need to do a little bit of work. I would start by looking into setting up your Linux machine as a primary domain controller for the network (look here: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=183837 ). This will allow you to have greater control over you files by requiring everyone that accesses the files to have an account on your private domain. After that you will want to look into the "shadow copy" and "recycle" features of Samba. The recycle feature will allow Samba to grab a copy of any files that are deleted from the network shares so that they can be placed in a backup (this is very helpful when you accidentally delete an important file). The shadow copy feature will allow samba to take automatic snapshots of the network shares for further protection.

There are tons of options out there but for automatic backups I suggest using the rsync method (http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/ ). I use this method on a server at work to create weekly backups. I start by creating a master backup on Sunday night and then use rsync to create incremental backups for each day of the week. On Saturday night I compress all of the backup files and split them into smaller chunks (I use RAR but you can also use tar,gzip, and split....see http://www.tonybhimani.com/2008/04/3...and-checksums/).

Hope this helps.
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Old 28th May 2008, 05:07 PM
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thanks hambone
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