[rescue] little low-wattage servers

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 00:58:06 CST 2012

Oh, I thought you wanted something really stripped down that does a great
job.  If you want those features, just buy a PC.  It'll do all the above
and so much more.


On Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Joshua D. Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:

> On 1/22/2012 1:30 AM, Robert Darlington wrote:
>> I'm using an ARM based Linux server that I got setup last night and am
>> very
>> happy with it.  It's a Seagate GoFlex Net device.  Looks like a tiny
>> toaster that will accommodate external storage through USB or direct
>> through the top SATA connectors.  They're about $45 delivered on eBay.
>> http://www.seagate.com/www/en-**us/products/network_storage/**
>> file-sharing<http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/network_storage/file-sharing>
>> They even make little wifi modules for them that plug into the USB port.
>> Following the directions here:
>> http://archlinuxarm.org/**platforms/armv5/seagate-**goflex-net<http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/armv5/seagate-goflex-net> I was up and
>> running in about 30 minutes.   Samba is setup as well as NTP and I've
>> managed to transfer over about 500GB of videos and music already with 500
>> to spare.   There are even scripts to use the lights on the front of the
>> device to show percentage of disk usage.   Pretty slick system.  We're
>> talking $200 total for a NAS box with GigE network interface (I managed to
>> only run it up to 25% capacity either due to disk bottlenecks or
>> controller
>> bottlenecks on my pc or the NAS).
> That is a terrible form factor though.  Also, other boards for just a
> little more have 512 megs of ram.  The CPU has 2x gig E (integreated PHYs
> for both), PCI express, digital audio, and a port for a video decoder, so
> where is a board for say under $150 that supports a bit more of this
> hardware?
> A $100 guru plug drops you to only one SATA connector, but gives you both
> GigEs and 512 megs at least.  Plus, I expect that it will hang nicely from
> a rack mount PDU.
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