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LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby kbkatz1 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:55 pm

I want to create a File Server for my network and I am considering using LMDE or just Debian.
Criteria:
1. File Server
2. Fairly light system requirements
(will be using a 1 Ghz processor, about 768 RAM, 20G HDD for file system, and an External USB 250 GB HDD for shared files)
3. Would like it to "Power On" upon access and "auto-hibernate" when not in use
4. Want it to be "headless" (no keyboard, mouse, or monitor) once it is up and running

Restrictions
5. None. Other than I consider myself a little better than novice, not afraid to use CLI :wink:
6. I do not require any extra software, i.e. Open Office or Firefox etc.

I have researched:
7. http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/ and http://www.bit-tech.net/bits/2007/06/05/build_your_own_server/1 and http://www.bit-tech.net/bits/2007/06/05 ... n_server/1

A step by step "how to" would be welcomed.
Thoughts or suggestions?
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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby nevius » Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:29 pm

Since the system will be headless and used exclusively as a file server I think you are better off using Debian. A default install of LMDE will have a lot of things you don't need and will be more prone to breaking than Debian Stable. If this is something you want to get up and running quickly you can also check out freenas. http://freenas.org/doku.php

Freenas is based on FreeBSD and very simple to set up and administer.

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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby k3lt01 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:00 pm

Debian or Ubuntu for server duties especially being headless. Debian is probably the better option as it is absolutely rock solid but Ubuntu gets a longer support period with the LTS range (5 years).

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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby sgosnell » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:17 am

You don't need the latest goodies for a file server. Debian Stable is the best choice for that, IMO.
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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby vincent » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:41 am

There's also the consideration that LMDE is overkill for your purposes, and you'll end up stripping a lot of stuff. Why not just install from a Debian netinst image, and build up from that? You'll only need the base system utilities in Debian, and Samba/NFS...stuff like the X server would be extraneous.
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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby kbkatz1 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:27 pm

Great information. Definitely leaning towards a Debian install. Does anyone know of a good step-by-step guide I could follow? Will a Debian net-install "talk" me through each step?
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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby agmcclard » Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:46 pm

If you are talking about step-by-step instructions for a debian install it is really quite easy. I have always used the easy install distros and never had tried debian, but after using LMDE I decided to burn an iso net image of debian testing and installed it with no problems whatsoever. It may not hold your hand during install but it is not hard at all. If you can set up a server I am sure you can install debian easily. I am using squeeze and I love it. It may not have all the latest and greatest but my main concern is stability. If you go for it make sure you are connected via ethernet not wireless. Debian uses Iceweasel 3.5.15 which is basically firefox but IMO runs much better than the latest versions of Firefox/Iceweasel. I am waiting to see how LMDE matures before I install it and will leave that as is (testing) but debian squeeze is my main OS for now.

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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby darethehair » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:17 pm

kbkatz1 wrote:Does anyone know of a good step-by-step guide I could follow? Will a Debian net-install "talk" me through each step?


This recent review of Debian 5 Stable ('Lenny') has a bit of an 'install walk-through':

http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2010/11/12/debian-5/2/

So it looks like you can 'pick' what sort of server you want to install.
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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby kbkatz1 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:54 pm

Good info, I'm going to go with the Debian setup.
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Re: LMDE or Debian as File Server?

Postby darethehair » Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:06 pm

kbkatz1 wrote:Good info, I'm going to go with the Debian setup.


In the 'comments' for the Debian review, one guy mentions how easy it is to convert a 'stable' Debian install to a 'testing' one -- in case you want 'newer' software. Alternatively, it looks like you can install newer versions of apps on a pick-and-chose basis.

I am also interested in installing a Debian server, in place of my (now old) Fedora 10 server (which has served me very well). My challenge is that I would rather not have all the 'down time' during which I am making the switch (I have weather and webcam feeds that other people use).

Once I have a Debian server, I would appreciate the 'rolling' nature of it, so I never have to upgrade again.
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