Arch Home Server Challenge | Linux Action Show 313

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Coming up on this week’s episode of The Linux Action Show!

Arch Linux can make the perfect Home Server, we’ll share our tips to build the ultimate home server running the latest software, powered by Arch Linux.

Plus Ubuntu rocks the OpenStack summit, a first look at Syncthing (the fully OSS Bittorrent Sync killer), results from our Btrfs poll, our picks…


All this week on, The Linux Action Show!

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  1. My Gentoo broke. A library that GCC depends on is b0rked. GCC will often crash with a Floating point exception.
    Luckily cdrecord worked and I am now on Ubuntu, on a separate drive. I'll probably try to find which lib is broken and copy a working copy with a compatible ABI from my Ubuntu system.
    I probably put too many aggressive compiler flags. (Should have never used O3 optimization level.)

    1:02:40 You wanna catch those problems and back up before the infamous click-of-death strikes!

  2. Arch and Gentoo are very stable when they're run for specific tasks. 
    For example I use the hiawatha web server which is a very secure server, slightly faster than nginx but is more secure. And a I'd use it over Apache any day, apache these days just feels bloated…    When you're only running a few packages, hiawatha for the web server, unicorn(or puma, thin) or gunicorn if running rails or django, ruby, "your choice of sql", python, perl, javascript, and php"if you're running a php app".    I know these packages are stable across the board regardless of distro.   Gentoo is a great distro but not as "up to date" as arch.

  3. The way Chris is describing how you should run an Arch server is how I run my Ubuntu servers.  😛

    I have one computer; on that computer I have Ubuntu 13.10 as the host, and then Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04 as the virtual servers.  Each virtual server has ONE job, and only one job.  For example, I dedicate one virtual server to running my ownCloud server, and another virtual server to Minecraft.

    The main reason I do things this way however, is if I screw something up during setup, I don't want to have to fix it or potentially break something I've spent hours working on.  I'd rather just delete the machine and start from scratch, while still maintaining everything else I've worked on.

    And frankly, with virt-manager this is the absolute best setup I've ever had, as I can remotely manage all my machines and I only need SSH installed on the host, which is really nice when out of the house as I don't need to remember all the ports I may be running SSH on and can just use the default port.  😛

    Eventually I'd like to get a VPN going though, and set things up so certain things such as SSH access is only accessible through the VPN.

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