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MarkJ
2005-04-28, 13:54
Hi everyone,

I am looking for suggestions on how to use my hardware in a slimserver/softsqueeze environment. I have an Athlon 950Mhz that will be a server and a few intel 600Mhz systems that will run softsqueeze. Would I be better off (better resource usage/faster performance) using them as windows or linux or a combination of both? I would prefer to use linux on the server but I'm open to suggestions. Thank you very much for your feedback.

bklaas
2005-04-28, 14:05
Mark-

I'd definitely go with Linux for the server. It's more stable. It runs
slimserver better. It's open-source, just like slimserver. 'nuff said.
Which Linux distro is another Q, but most should do the job equally
well. I use Fedora Core 3, which is aggravating for other reasons, but
does the slimserver work just dandy. If I had to start fresh today, I'd
be eyeing Gentoo, Suse, or Mandrake, in that order.

Softsqueeze I've never had work properly on a Linux machine. For this I
blame Java, the "cross-platform" language (he says with a sneer). On
WinXP, Softsqueeze runs very nicely.

cheers,
#!/ben

p.s. here's an excerpt from interview with Dean Blackletter of
SlimDevices a couple of years ago
(http://www.perl.com/pub/a/2003/12/05/slimp3.html):

What issues did you have to face when considering how to distribute a
Perl-based consumer application, and how did you approach them?

Distributing a Perl application on the traditional Unix-like platforms
(BSD, Solaris, Linux) is easy. Things got a bit harder on Mac OS X,
since command-line solutions aren't acceptable to Mac users. Initially,
I wrote a simple graphical application (in AppleScript!) that acted as a
launcher for our server software, but this was really not good enough
for Mac users. One of our Open Source contributors, Dave Nanian, came to
the rescue and built us a System Preferences pane and installer
application that work as they should on a Mac.

Windows is the hardest platform for us to support. Luckily we had
another Open Source contributor, Sam Saffron, who decided that building
a shell application for the server software would be a great way to
learn MFC, and he contributed a nice little app for this. Another
contributor, Chris Eastwood, put together an installer for us. But it
was the fine folks at ActiveState with their Perl Dev Kit that really
made it possible for us to release on Windows with their PerlApp (for
making Perl-based .exe files) and PerlSvc (for making Perl-based Windows
Services).

Even with all this help, Perl on Windows is different enough in subtle
ways to make it a real pain to maintain. Maybe if we had more hardcore
in-house Windows experience things would be easier, but it's a struggle.

MarkJ wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> I am looking for suggestions on how to use my hardware in a
> slimserver/softsqueeze environment. I have an Athlon 950Mhz that will
> be a server and a few intel 600Mhz systems that will run softsqueeze.
> Would I be better off (better resource usage/faster performance) using
> them as windows or linux or a combination of both? I would prefer to
> use linux on the server but I'm open to suggestions. Thank you very
> much for your feedback.
>
>