RE: linux in windows environment for file serving
From: Wade Chandler (wchandler_at_redesetgrow.com)
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 15:37:34 -0400
Of course it can scale down much further than Windows...Try running a
2000 server without the GUI loaded. Also, check the base kernel memory
requirements for Windows vs. Linux. You can set your Linux box up to
load the GUI when you need it by doing a startx as well. That way when
administering the box you have your GUI and when running it you can
strip it of the GUI all together...works well.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
On Behalf Of Chris W. Parker
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 3:12 PM
Subject: linux in windows environment for file serving
We are getting close to needing some extra storage on our network and I
am doing a little research on our options right now.
Originally I thought it would be a good idea to just get another
computer with some big HD's and put Windows 2000 Professional on it,
then share all the directories necessary. But then I got to reading
about a NAS device and thought that maybe THAT would be a BETTER idea.
The idea behind a NAS (afaik) is that a full blown operating system is
not necessary and therefore a much scaled down version would suffice if
the purpose of the server is to just server files.
So then I thought it would be a good idea to just install RedHat 8 (or
9) on this new server and use Samba to share the files to the Windows
computers. I'm thinking that this would be a better idea than a NAS
because there wouldn't be the cost of license for the os, and you could
probably scale down Linux much further than you could Windows (not
totally sure about that though).
To make a long story short (or is it too late for that?) I'd like to
know what the people on the list have to say about that. In particular,
are there any Windows houses out there that use Linux as just a file
Looking forward to your feedback.
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