New server on the way

My old Linux server died. First a fan stopped working so the computer froze now and then. After not so many days it refused to start at all again so something in the hardware is fried. I guess there is something on the motherboard that burned up. I really hope there is no real damage on the hard drive. That would be a small disaster because I have no fresh backup.... :P

So now I have ordered parts to build myself a new server. First time ever that I will get a new computer as server. Previous I have only taken some old computer that is ready to throw away and made it to my server. The one that just died was my fathers before I asked if I could take it when he bought a new one. He had even bought a new one after that switch. My dead server is probably over ten years old and deserves to rest in peace.

This is the specifications of my new server:
  • Antec mATX Cube NSK1380 - (350w)
  • Gigabyte Socket AM2+ mATX AMD 780G (GA-MA78GM-S2H)
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.9GHz / 2x512kB Socket AM2 (65W)
  • Corsair XMS2 Xtreme 2048MB DDR2 XMS2-6400 800MHz
  • D-Link Nätverkskort DGE-530T 10/100/1000 (PCI)
  • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB (7200RPM / 32MB / SATA II / NCQ)
  • Samsung SATA DVD±RW 22x - Svart (Dual Layer) (SH-S223F)
and a
  • D-Link 5-Ports Switch DGS-1005D 10/100/1000
I didn't do so hard investigations about the hardware so I really hope I didn't make any bad/stupid choices. As long as it works well I don't care much about the performance. My previous server had 350Mhz CPU and 384Mb of memory and that worked very well except in the graphical X Window interface using KDE which was a bit flickery and slow but still usable. Maybe that pain was mostly because of the really bad graphics card.

I am not sure yet if I will use the hyped up Ubuntu or the old reliable Slackware that I have always used before. I have actually used Slackware since summer 1994 and am quite comfortable with that distribution. I have used Ubuntu on my dual boot workstation and think there are both good and bad things about it. Most things I feel that is bad is probably my lack of knowledge about Ubuntu so I should probably choose that one for my server so I learn everything I need to know. But it feels almost like betrayal to not use Slackware any more. Hmm.. so hard decisions... What should I do?


Smernaz said...

The biggest pro I see with Ubuntu and the other more hyped distros is that they are easy to upgrade over releases. Slackware has not been so easy on that. Upgrades in an release has been OK. But it's been awhile since I did any resent install of Slackware.

Also, if you do a minimal server install with Ubuntu, you get a very clean machine. And then you just add. Also, the configs for apache2 and things like that are actually easier to handle in Ubuntu then in the more basic Slackware 10.2 I have on my server.

Boywing said...

So maybe I try with the Ubuntu Server Edition. After 15 years it might be time to try something new. I think I will do as you say and make a minimal install and then add on with what I need.

Smernaz is so wise. :)