Behold! For Jim Clayson declaimed:
> I have a spare amd k2500 pc with all standard components except a cdrom.
> How could I put this machine to good use in a home office environment. I
> currently have two other machines networked (no hub yet).
You obviously would have to buy a hub/switch (or put two network cards into
that computer but that'd be a bit overkill)
- Fileserver, perhaps only to back up your home directory to it (you
don't do backups that right now, do you?)
- Printserver (Myself, I bought a dedicated printserver which has the
advantage of being noiseless.)
- internet access router - connect the modem/whatever to this pc and
install NAT. So the two workstations can use a shared network connection.
- db server, web server, mail server, news server, ...
- cvs server
Quote:> I've sort of gather that I can do an install of linux over a network.
> What are the basic semantics(principles) at work here. Is it
It works ok. (I've tried Debian. Others should work, too). But it's
probably easier (and in any case, much faster) to temporarily install a
> I currently use my home network for trying out the latest J2EE
> technologies and open source web projects .i.e. Apache, tomcat, JBoss,
> postgresql and OpenLDAP.
If you are developping software you'll want to use cvs - I use a few
diffeerent machines to develop my software and with cvs - besides being
able to track the changes to every file I've made - I don't have to care
about the different development accounts staying in sync.
> Any suggestions as to how I could put this extra machine to good use?
> (maybe run something which is cpu and/or memory intensive on the machine
> with the best spec and run components like webserver and servlet engine
> on the spare box? Or run the xserver alone so that I can actually run
> StarOffice with it becoming all-consuming)
You could, of course, set up a relatively slow machine (with the best
graphics card you've got) as a diskless (and therefore almost noiseless) X
Terminal, using the faster machine as application server and put it in another
room. It's some major trickery involved there, though. But you'll learn a lot in