[SATLUG] Home network
jeremymann at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 08:25:07 CDT 2008
On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 7:43 AM, Justin Burdette
<justin.burdette at gmail.com> wrote:
> I finally decided it was time to upgrade my home network. I'm adding in
> wifi, and I'm also buying a couple of small form factor Dell units (P3) to
> run as firewall, web server, DHCP, etc...
> I'm trying to figure out what distro would be the best for these
> applications. What I'd prefer is something that I can log into from my main
> PC (using OpenSUSE 10.3, probably through rdesktop or something like it) as
> these machines won't have a monitor/keyboard/mouse attached. I'd like to be
> able to run a basic GUI...no need for GNOME or KDE, but will probably go
> with Fluxbox.
Its about time for another flame war ;) No seriously, you'll get all
kinds of responses as to what distro to run. All of them are equally
good. Personally, I run Slack 12 on my home server for years. Its what
I call Linux in one of the pure forms. I also tried Gentoo for awhile
but the box was always compiling something to keep up to date. Ubuntu
is good, but I've never run in server form, so I can't comment on
that. Here at work we run three clusters with 113 CPUs on CentOS 4.3.
> My next question, which I shouldn't even have to ask, but I haven't done
> mixed networks in so long that I've forgotten how. What I would like to do
> is run all of my wired units with static IP addresses and have DHCP assign
> addresses for wifi connections and wired machines that I'm working on for
> customers. The Linksys I have doesn't seem to like static IPs when its DHCP
> is enabled...it was set to assign in the 192.168.1.100-150 range and I
> couldn't do anything with my static IP of 192.168.1.50. Is there an easy way
> to set this up on a Linux DHCP server?
If you're using the Linksys just for wireless, then I would disable
everything I could on it and let your server serve out DHCP requests.
Its not hard, if Geoff's around he did the same. I think what he did
was to not use the WAN input, but connect one of the Linksys switch
ports to his existing switch.
> Last question...I presume the firewall box should do strictly that, no DHCP,
> Apache, FTP server, etc...correct? A P3 system with enough RAM and swap
> should be able to handle the other services, yes?
Depends on what you want your electric bill to be ;) I'm in favor of
an all in one server. I have a P3 666mhz with 512MB and it runs
Apache, DHCP, XBMC, MySQL, Samba and World Community Grid. I have
never had to reboot it and it runs very well.
jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu
University of Texas Health Science Center
Bioinformatics Core Facility
Phone: (210) 567-2672
More information about the SATLUG