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gary67
24-11-2008, 07:04 PM
am just burning the iso for this now meant to do it a while ago. Can anyone tell me if an old P3 comp will run it adequately just want to use it for backups of our 2 main comps

wainuitech
24-11-2008, 07:19 PM
System Requirements as per the Magazine article:

256Mb RAM
700MHz pentium III or Athlon Processor or better


If you want to stream Multimedia

Intel 2 GHz P4 or Newer
1 Gb RAM

The One I have running in the workshop that I was mucking about with is a celeron 2.4 with 512 Mb RAM.

gary67
24-11-2008, 07:24 PM
Yeah just been out to the shed to check it is a P3 733MHz with 256, will give it a go tomorrow eve as have a spare HDD I can install it on without having to uninstall XP from the other HDD.

Thanks

wainuitech
24-11-2008, 07:34 PM
No worries.

Its actually one of the easier Linux distro's , that I have played with to actually understand from a Non Linux users point of view - hell the file sharing was even dead easy to setup.

jwil1
24-11-2008, 09:21 PM
Sorry to hijack but this sounds interesting... :D

Is it Linux or Windows? If linux, where can I download it from??

gary67
25-11-2008, 05:47 AM
It's linux Xubuntu based it came from last months (October) Australian PC user mag it. if it's not available anymore I could run off a copy for you although I think Wainui has some copies in your area

chiefnz
25-11-2008, 10:39 AM
It's linux Xubuntu based it came from last months (October) Australian PC user mag it...

AHHHHH the sacrilege!!! Reading another PC Magazine... and an Aussie one at that.... say it ain't so!!!

:horrified:horrified:horrified:horrified

wainuitech
25-11-2008, 10:49 AM
AHHHHH the sacrilege!!! Reading another PC Magazine... and an Aussie one at that.... say it ain't so!!!

:horrified:horrified:horrified:horrified :lol: But they give away lots of better stuff - they also have their own OS, called UserOS - an altered Ubuntu that works very well.

gary67
25-11-2008, 05:22 PM
It is from OZ but as Wainui said they give away good stuff although I don't buy it all the time I just keep an eye out fro what they are offering. I will have it running this week won't be tonight now though sadly

Rob99
25-11-2008, 05:38 PM
Do they give away free stuff, or stuff that is free?

gary67
25-11-2008, 06:21 PM
Ah I think they do both :punk

stormdragon
25-11-2008, 06:26 PM
Any advantages of this OS over FreeNAS?

wainuitech
25-11-2008, 06:52 PM
Any advantages of this OS over FreeNAS? Never used FreeNas, so I just had a look on Google - from the screen shots provided it looks like the user interface in FreeNas is basic, (limited screen shots) so I'm only guessing / going by what I have seen.

The UserOS Home Server, looks and works a lot like Xubuntu, (because its built off of Xubuntu) with a GUI interface and a lot of the "not needed" programs removed, a lot easier for the "non Technical" person to get around and configure. here is a screen shot (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Server_Screen_shot.jpg) of mine in the workshop, its taken from the remote connection on my office PC.

It works fine for a basic server as it comes, but being open source you can download what ever linux apps to run on it. I also have Windows Home Server (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Windows_home_server.jpg), about the only major difference is the autobackups that WHS has and the remote access from anywhere in the world is better.
BUT thats prob got more to do with my lack of knowledge in Linux compared to Windows / Win Servers.

stormdragon
25-11-2008, 07:23 PM
Thanks Wainuitech, might see if I can get my hands on a copy of the mag so I can give it a whirl. Got a evaluation copy of WHS on the way also should have all bases covered :).

FreeNas was rather easy to setup imo also the web based interface means 1 less keyboard, mouse and monitor.

:thanks:

decibel
25-11-2008, 08:56 PM
The only problem with the PCuser OS is that it uses MythTV and I understand that they don't yet have the drivers for NZ's HD terrestial TV.

So I'm staying with FreeNAS for a while, but I will be very interested in your experiences, Gary.

Speedy Gonzales
25-11-2008, 09:10 PM
Or you could do this (http://darrenyates.com.au/?p=129)

Its exactly the same thing

All you need is Xubuntu,. MythTV, Vino, VLC, BackupPC, and Samba

wainuitech
25-11-2008, 09:34 PM
Or you could do this (http://darrenyates.com.au/?p=129)

Its exactly the same thing

All you need is Xubuntu,. MythTV, Vino, VLC, BackupPC, and Samba Close - but the Version thats in the mag has a LOT of Xbuntu removed, the general day to day stuff is gone.

I installed a Stock Xbuntu on a drive to see what the difference was - and there is quite a bit removed. (and the serverOS is faster).

What is also installed that the Web site doesn't appear to say is pyNeighborhood (http://pyneighborhood.sourceforge.net/#NEWS) & Thunar (http://thunar.xfce.org/index.html) - but with all the the extra "Bits", there is no reason anyone couldn't download Xubuntu, and " make" the Homer Server - even with all the "day to day" guff installed.

Thats Linux for ya! take a OS, and alter it to suit

Chilling_Silence
25-11-2008, 10:18 PM
I suggested the NZ PCW do it a wee while back (OK, maybe 2 years ago?), I remember they modified Knoppix at one stage which was wicked cool at the time!

Still reckon it'd be a cool "challenge" for them to do, and perhaps write an article on something linux-ish in the process? :D

linw
26-11-2008, 07:39 PM
I know very little about Linux but, for fun and education, I am about to have a go at this home server. Wish me luck!!

wainuitech
26-11-2008, 08:09 PM
I know very little about Linux but, for fun and education, I am about to have a go at this home server. Wish me luck!! LUCK!! :D

linw
26-11-2008, 08:10 PM
Well, I didn't get far. I can't even find the iso!!!!! Where the hell is it on the CD???

linw
26-11-2008, 08:39 PM
OK, found it has to be downloaded. I was looking for an iso on the DVD. Not a good start!

wainuitech
26-11-2008, 09:31 PM
its on the DVD, when it says downloaded that means from the DVD to your HDD.

Its located ( One way) on the top of the web page that opens DVD index - top right under the BIG word USER Example here (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Here1227692254.jpg)- then on the menu, down near the bottom, under Featured Tools - select UserOS Home Server (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/userOS.jpg) next page that opens, click the Download User ---- (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Download.jpg) Button, Next page Select the ISO file (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Select.jpg), a save box will appear , This is in Firefox (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Save.jpg) - and save it to your PC, you will hear the DVD winding up and the file will transfer, then using your image burning software, burn the ISO image.

If you dont have any ISO burning software I can HIGHLY recommend BurnCDCC (http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads-free-software.htm) - second one down - its easy to use - you select your ISO image - put a CD / DVD in the drive and hit start- thats it - couldn't be easier - Screenshot (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/BurnCD.jpg)

Edited:

OR go to My Computer, right click the DVD drive / explore (assuming its drive D ) navigate to D:\tutorials\featured\UserOS right click / copy paste to the PC then burn the image.

Chilling_Silence
27-11-2008, 12:18 AM
Thats a post and a half right there!

If we could vote on karma, I'd give you +1 for that for sure! :)

gary67
27-11-2008, 05:44 AM
Have installed it on my spare P4 machine am running it now although have not actually set it up as a server as such yet just can't get onto my main machine this morning

linw
27-11-2008, 08:17 AM
Thanks, Wainui. No trouble after going the 'download' route. It's just that I was looking directly into the DVD and couldn't find any mention of the server and its iso. Don't know where it's hidden!