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Cams
2006-01-10, 01:48
After a few days of intensive research on the Squeezebox, Sonos, etc. I've finally ordered an SB3 and am building a server out of a spare PC. The spare will be used simply as a file server and I plan to install Linux on it and run Slim Server on there.

I'm a Linux newbie but am open to the learning curve and network admin that it involves. I have found what looks to be a good solution for newbies called Clark Connect (http://www.clarkconnect.com/), however I'm unsure as to whether Slim Server could be installed over Clark Connect.

I would wish to administer the spare PC by some sort of remote desktop (VNC perhaps?) so that it doesn't need a monitor or keyboard and can be tucked away somewhere quiet. Given that it won't be used for anything other than being a server, I would obviously not need any applications, so a slimmed down Linux for networking is what I'm after.

Any recommendations?

I'm excited about this!

Cams, Luxembourg

mherger
2006-01-10, 02:51
> I'm unsure as to whether Slim Server could be installed over Clark
> Connect.

There have been positive reports about that combo.
eg. http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=19741

> I would wish to administer the spare PC by some sort of remote desktop

Linux servers often are managed using a web interface. Clark Connect imho
is designed to be run without keyboard and monitor. It therefore can
remotely be managed using the web interface (and maybe some ssh).

> so a slimmed down Linux for networking is what I'm after.

Hey, there's a Linux with the "slim" in its name - my SlimCD :-)
http://www.herger.net/SlimCD

But for the Linux newbie this is rather a live demo CD than a usable
distribution. If you want to use your server for other tasks like file
serving, web, mail etc. then go for Clark Connect, give it a try. It
doesn't cost you much.

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Michael

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Cams
2006-01-10, 09:21
Thanks Michael. Good news indeed.

notanatheist
2006-01-12, 22:49
If you more functionality but not too much fluff give Slackware a go. The installer may be intimidating your first time around but it's highly configurable and doesn't start 15 million un-needed services. You can also use it for general desktop, fileserver, web, and more should your needs expand.

Instead of VNC or such use SSH. Sure it's text based but if you're not using "the desktop" you don't need X running. SSH is all you need to log in to start and stop services. Most of your Slimserver needs are taken care of through the web browser anyway.

Lastly, should you desire more options for your linux box but want an "easier" interface for management there's a utility called Webmin which does quite a bit and as the name implies, handles all management tasks through a web browser.

Ubuntu is more "user friendly" from the start and offers a "server" option for installation but I've never used it for a server. Only for my laptop.