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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Home Server, December 31, 2011
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This review is from: ASUS EB1007-B0410 EeeBox Mini Desktop PC (Personal Computers)
I have had this little server for a month now, and am quite pleased with it. Its purpose is to serve as a home web server plus provide shared media (music and photos) network services, and it does the job with lots of spare capacity.

The first task was to put an operating system on it. An Ubuntu Live USB stick had the box booted up on version 11.04 in about 20 minutes. Note that this EEE model is certified by Canonical. While I borrowed a VGA display to get the O/S loaded, the next goal was to get a console that is a little more stylish to match the EEE. After loading the appropriate software ("sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-displaylink xinit xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-dev xfonts-base libusb-dev xorg-dev git-core build-essential") the little USB display came to life (MIMO UM-710S USB Powered 7 Inch Swivel LCD Screen Mini Display, also from Amazon).

In the interest of keeping my music and photo collection independent of any particular server, I like to use outboard USB drives as the data store. Here I use the USB powered Oyen 1TB drives. One disk is the primary, the other is a backup drive, which is 'rsync'ed nightly. While it is possible to also use 'md' or 'lv' to mirror drives, this approach has a very big downside: what is accidentally deleted/corrupted is gone for good. Rsync is therefore safer because of recovery options. The data is served up using samba, of course.

For the intended purpose, this box is overkill. Streaming mp3s, for example, shows just 0.5% CPU utilization. So I am now looking for additional work I can give it.

Recommended.
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