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I have a really old Dell PC:

Single core 3.2 Pentium 4
2gb DDR2 ram
Windows 7

And I've started using it as a file server with a few programs such as PS3 server to share the content. But its not always smooth at streaming and transferring, hitting 100% CPU usage a lot.

I need an OS that uses minimal resources to work with the hardware I have, that alows me to store files, stream and run PS3 server. I've never setup an OS other than Windows so maybe keep it an easy one if possible lol



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post #2 of 21
CentOS all the way. Used it on a 1.6 GHz Celeron with same amount of RAM for my Counter-Strike server and never disappointed me. thumb.gif

Keep one thing in mind it has 1000 Hz enabled by default for maximum performance if you want something which has 250 Hz or something try Debian.
post #3 of 21
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Any idea where to get this OS I went too their site centos.org, went to get the CD/DVD and it returns nothing.


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post #4 of 21
Go here: http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos/6/isos/i386/ , chose a mirror and download CentOS-x.x-i386-netinstall.iso or -minimal.iso (preferably former one for some obvious reasons). I recommend a headless installation and then rest of the stuff as need be.
post #5 of 21
just click on the link on the homepage where it says Download in the CentOS 6 Releases block of text and you will be redirected to a list of mirror sites. download an ISO and burn it.
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Thanks I'm just giving it a go now smile.gif
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post #7 of 21
I would go freebsd, not only is it lighter it also has more up to date multimedia apps than centos. Centos is pretty average for multimedia.
post #8 of 21
If you don't have experience with CentOS it might be confusing at first. At least it was for me. i did learn while there are direct downoad links to the ISOs for the "live CDs" only some mirrors actually link directly to the actual install discs ISOs while others link only to the .torrent for installation discs.

For the record I also had this same requirement a whle back -- a super low resource server OS. Ended up settling on Ubuntu server (12.04 LTS). Like you the hardware is rather out dated (some low-end core2duo with 4 gigs of memory...the mobo actually doesn't support more than 4 gigs). I am actually running ubuntu server/headless virtualbox/a virtual machine of windows home sever (the first one) all on this pathetic little core2duo with 4 gigs of memory. I'm streaming from the VM to a PS3 and using the VM as a file server and the performance is quite impressive. I don't think i would be able to tell it was a VM or had so little resources if I was just using it.

Ubuntu server is a lot easier to obtain also wink.gif

Of course if you would prefer a Windows-based solution server 2003/WHS v1 will fulfill all your requirements and fit into that 2 gigs without any problems. WHS v1 would include the added benefit of the drive extender feature. That would be fastest/easiest solution if you don't already know Linux (in my opinion).
 
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post #9 of 21
NAS4Free is small light weight easy to use web UI and made for filesharing
post #10 of 21
CentOS, while lovely, is basically just an "unsupported" version of RHEL. It's probably not what you want for this type of application.
    
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