[sf-lug] Mac emergency Help

Justin Ryan justizin at vongogo.org
Fri Sep 12 11:37:14 PDT 2008

2008/9/12 vincent polite <vpolitewebsiteguy at yahoo.com>:
> Here's the problem. I volunteering at this non-profit. They are using a
> peer-to-peer network. They are running Macs and two Windows. They were out
> of harddrive space. So, they bought a Raid drive and migrated all the files
> there. And migrated everything to the Raid drives. Now, not everyone with
> Macs can see the shared files on the Raid drives. No one can remotely can
> see the new drive. A few people within the Lan can not see the shared drive.
> Any reasons why? Would it be difficult to set up and maintain a smail Linux
> server on a Mac Mini. It would have to handle file sharing. Printers. Remote
> access. Email. Would some help me?.

Of course you can, but you'll still be using Samba, which is what the
Mac uses for filesharing.  Linux kernel can be a good bit faster for
io-dedicated machines, but it's difficult to say Darwin's microkernel
won't perform better running a single-process app on a dual-core

You can even use Mac OS X's Boot Camp utility to create a secondary
partition for testing, install rEFIt, and boot into an Ubuntu or your
favorite flavor of installer.  Google your distro and "mac mini" +
"bootcamp", btw, to make sure there isn't, at current, some extra step
for proper bootloader install or whatnot.

Main thing about the Mac is they bootstrap using something Intel has
been begging Microsoft to adopt since before I was old enough to
drive. ;)

Justin Alan Ryan
Independent Interaction Architect
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