[Nelug] Advice on setting up a home server

Richard Patterson richard at rp2k.co.uk
Sun Apr 17 17:15:55 UTC 2005

Hi Daniel,

I realy think you should try Gentoo (www.gentoo.org), you would still 
need to compile it yourself...

Or, Debian... there are some vhcs (2.2) .deb packages for Debian at 



Daniel Tweedy wrote:

> Hi All,
> I have been trying to set up a home server for a good few months now, 
> been through various distros and not really found one that did 
> everything as I require, so I thought that I would pose the question 
> to you all and see what you think or recommendations you may have if any.
> My first attempt was as follows.
> Fedora Core 2
> Webmin, Apache 2, php 4, mysql 4
> first problem was not being able to get webmin to work correctly, kept 
> breaking the samba shares after install, and also no mysql 4 rpm, so I 
> built it from source from a help doc I found unfortunatley it failed 
> on could connect on the socket.
> Attempt number 2 & 4 was:-
> I have tried this a couple of times as this is what I thought would be 
> the best route, and being able to add more things at a later date to 
> the mix.
> Fedora Core 3
> Apache 2, php 4, mysql 4 and vhcs (www.vhcs.net)
> the problem here was with vhcs and it being a nightmare to configure 
> as it needed all sort of different dependancies most of where were 
> hard to find, it needs courier-imap but I wasn't able to find that rpm 
> and building it from source vhcs didn't like to use it, not to mention 
> various problems with MIME::Entity.
> Attempt 3 was the sme server from www.contribs.org based on red hat 
> 7.3 but comes with all the necessary stuff, but lacking somewhat in 
> other areas, i.e. no c compiler, cd is only 600mb but does the hosting 
> job that I was wanting but nothing else that I was wanting aswell.
> Attempt 5 was ubuntu, it seems a really nice desktop linux and I do 
> really like it, but cant ssh into it not sure how to get that working, 
> and mythtv package that is in apt doesn't work really, currently still 
> playing with it not been able to get it to play aac audio, althought 
> gtkpod does and works great with my ipod something I never been able 
> to get to work with any other linux distro.
> If I had to list everything I am wanting it would be as follows.
> Server capable of being colocated (it wont ever be tho)
> Capable of adding domains easily to the server and removing them.
> Adding user and creating ftp accounts.
> Adding mail accounts also.
> Maybe be able to run vhcs (www.vhcs.net) if you dont have any other 
> alternatives to try, sorry but webmin isn't very nice.
> able to install and run icecast streaming radio server, and xmms 
> hopefull with aac audio support ?
> I have a pvr350 tv tuner card in my linux box, so I would like to be 
> able to install and run mythtv have never had it working yet so that 
> would be a godsend to see it working.
> I also have a pioneer 108 dvd writer so support for writting dvds also 
> as mythtv can burn recorded programs straight to dvd.
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