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Sub £100 Linux Webserver

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by Fergal1982, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Ok guys, say I wanted a webserver, cheap as possible. Its not going to be a high-impact server (maybe 10 people accessing it at any given time), and needs to be as cheap as chips. Requirements are:

    • Compact: Needs to take up as little space as possible
    • Silent: Needs to be as silent as is possible
    • Needs to have a low power output, or as low as possible (I hate leaving pcs running when im not in the house - paranoid really)
    • Graphics/sounds aren't a priority - any access to the machine will be remote.
    • I'd like some form of redundancy maybe (mirroring perhaps?), but to be honest I could do without it.
    How cheap do you think you could do such a server for?
     
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  2. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    What kind of content do you plan on serving?
     
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  3. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Actually, primarily it would run an instance of OpenRPG+. But I would likely play around with some php stuff and host it on that.
     
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  4. ffreeloader

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    The PHP stuff doesn't take a whole lot of horsepower to serve. I have no idea what the specs are for OpenRPG as I'd never seen it before. I think your best bet in that area would be to ask in their forums what you would need for server specs for the number of clients you'd be hosting.
     
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  5. Fergal1982

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    to be honest, its fairly low end. I ran the server component on one of the server2k3 installs mentioned in the other thread. Was an old desktop, running two server OS'. Reckon if it can run as a php webserver reasonably, it will be able to cope with the openrpg stuff too.
     
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  6. ffreeloader

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    Then I would just look for an old desktop with reasonable specs and use it. My Apache server is a 1 ghz Pentium III with 684 megs of ram, and it serves php content pretty easily as I have Joomla site on it and serving Joomla content barely shows in top. It does have to strain a little when serving https content though.

    I don't run a gui on it so most of its resources go to serving content. It's an old IBM eServer model 8479 in a mid tower case.
     
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  7. dmarsh

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    You could try a cheap NAS solution like this...

    http://www.nslu2-linux.org/

    It's never gonna fly but it will be cheap and low power...
     
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    He's not building a windows box madman :p(sorry couldn't resist)
     
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  10. Fergal1982

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    I'm wondering if a VPS might be a viable solution. Found this.

    Its sub-£100 (well, per year at any rate works out at 60 quid), avoids my paranoia issues, and it has the advantage that if the hardware dies, I dont have to worry about fixing it, they can do that.

    Its better than web hosting, since i can (i assume) run applications on it, etc.
     
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  11. ffreeloader

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    If you're going to look at VPS solutions give these guys a look. My brother has dealt with them for several years and never had a problem with them. They run CentOS on their servers, at least that's what they told me about a year ago. They were moving to it after Fedora stopped supporting their all but their current releases.

    http://www.simplywebhosting.com/plans-vps/index-vps-x64.shtml
     
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  12. fortch

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    Find a 1st generation used Xbox, put a spare drive in it, and POOF!

    Perfect, cool running, proven design and cheap :)
     
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  13. Fergal1982

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    cheers for that. will take a look at them.
     
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