[CS-FSLUG] Networking with Apples

Ritchie, Josiah S. jritchie at bible.edu
Tue Dec 20 07:56:53 CST 2005

The big question I have is "Why"? What is the problem(s) you are
resolving? IMHO, that should drive innovation. I'm alright with the
answer being, to see what things can do, but you're talking about a
fairly intentional setup that looks intended to serve a purpose past its





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[mailto:Christiansource-bounces at ofb.biz] On Behalf Of Nathan T.
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 5:37 PM
To: A Christian virtual Free Software and Linux Users Group.
Subject: [CS-FSLUG] Networking with Apples


Hi everyone.

One of these days there's a project I would like to do, it would have to
wait until I get a stable job, but as soon as I graduate high school
that's the plan for a few years. Now this project is not really unique,
it's something I've seen done before on a site displaying mini-itx
computers and I had thought of it before, but seeing someone do it
already gave me a clearer idea of what I wanted to do. Basically what I
would like to do is get a printer cart from a store, build some extra
shelves into it and modify those so I can fit a UPS, wired and wireless
router, mini-itx based system with a raid array of hard drives (so it
won't really be that small, but still smaller than a full blown
computer) and a printer. The computer itself will serve as a file and
print server and it should all go together into a nice modified printer
cart with easy access to some cat5 plugs on the back (the router) and
shouldn't need to have anything more than a power cable sticking out
from it. 

Now this isn't something I'm going to do any time soon, but it's very
quiet in the list right now and I need something to keep my mind busy
until Christmas so I figured now was as good a time as any to start
thinking about this. The problem I have is what operating system to use.
If I were to go with a Linux distribution it would have to be fairly
easy to set up, I know my way around the command line well enough, but
would rather have a graphical setup tool for everything, I also would
rather avoid any distribution which I don't think gives KDE enough
attention since imo that is THE desktop for Linux and I really don't
like Gnome. Windows is out of the question, it's problematic and
unreliable and I'd far sooner entrust my expensive ink/toner and files
to my cat's litter box before I would trust Windows with them. The last
viable alternative I see is Mac OS X, a Mac mini is more expensive than
your average mini-itx home server by a long shot, but on the other hand
Mac OS X should be well suited to this task shouldn't it? 

I look forward to some input on this.

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