This thread about Windows Home Server (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=66838) got me thinking about alternatives in the Linux.
I was wondering what might be a low cost and relatively easy to setup and administer alternative in Linux.
Anybody doing this at home that might want to share what they are running?
For me Power Management would be critical (shutdown from midnight to when ever it gets woken up in the morning) as well as easy access from Windows computers and redundancy in case of drive failure.
I think a GUI interface and remote access is also critical, ideally from a Windows Environment
2007-07-22, 03:02 PM
Glad you asked, Hugh.
As for a home server of the type that Microsoft just put out, really I just shrugged and thought how simple it has been to do that stuff in Linux for quite some time with no need for any purchases, licenses, etc.
With MythDora 4.0 set up in "backend server" mode I can share video, music, photos, documents, files, etc. across any of our machines at home, all of which I've configured as MythTV "front ends". For video, the backend server and all of the front end clients can act as PVRs and DV or file-based video editors, saving their programming to the backend server. For music and photo files, any of them can create, access or save to the backend server using MythTV's players, viewers, camera/scanner interfaces, etc. All of the machines have Internet connectivity through my firewall server. For basic file sharing I either use MythTV's tools or I setup NFS and/or Samba shares as needed on my local LAN.
My internal LAN is Gig Ethernet on copper in full duplex and has never been saturated or heavily tasked by the activity.
With rsync I can back up everything on the MythTV backend to an external file server if I wish, or I can burn all the DVD+R DL discs I need on it for safekeeping. The backend server runs a RAID array, which Linux allows you to configure in all the standard types, including JBOD (which Windows Home Server apparently uses).
There are undoubtedly feature sets or specific means to do things that don't quite match up between Windows and Linux but that's almost always just a case of doing things differently and getting used to it.
MythDora 4.0 contains plenty of timer-based activities and capabilities, and its Linux OS has had ACPI, APIC, and other mobo driver management for quite a few years, so there are a variety of tools and ways of doing power management, RAID, Wake-On-LAN, etc. if MythDora doesn't have it.
MythDora 4.0 site:
WinMyth (MythTV Windows Client) site: