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I know the title is very vague so here we go...

I just ordered some stuff for my new home server. The plan is to run Ubuntu server 10.10. The main purpose is to use it as a low power FTP server for work stuff as well as my music and whatever else I can throw on the hard drives. I recently became aware of the wonders of PHP at work so I was going to play with that a little in a recreational manor.

It's really over powered (Atom 525, 4GB ram, low end 32GB SSD) for an FTP server so I'm wonder what else I can do with it. Ive considered running Squid-Cache, though it's not something Ive used before. I'm ok with Linux but I don't have an IT degree if you know what i mean.

If you had something like this at home, what would you use it for?
Edited by hks85 - 12/23/10 at 2:22am
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/me looks in closet

Using a caching proxy on LAN actually makes a noticeably improved browsing experience.
Not really much to it, use sudo apt-get install squid , and then modify /etc/squid/squid.conf to allow your LAN subnet through the ACL and it just works once you point your browser at it.

A LAMP or XAMPP install to support your PHP coding would also be useful.
You can also give VMware Server a shot.

I need to find some more uses for mine as well, 98% of the time it sits there twiddling it's thumbs. My box basically only runs Samba and Squid, while supporting a mdadm RAID 5 array.
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You can also give VMware Server a shot.
I wouldn't bother. It's still a fairly negative experience, especially since the D525 lacks virtualization support.

I have an Asrock ION 330 "desktop", running an Intel Atom 330, 4GB (~3.5GB, BIOS limitation), with a Kingston V-series 128GB SSD. I ran VMWare Server and Workstation on it, and the VMs still feel sluggish.

Well, maybe for low-intensity VMs it would be acceptable, but I didn't even want to run a Win2k3 Domain Controller (DC, DNS) on it...

I'm probably going to turn mine into a SQL server, which would put the SSD to good use....
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