[sf-lug] SF-LUG meeting Monday. (Bobbie Sellers)

Alex Kleider a_kleider at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 13 21:26:04 PST 2011

I'm not sure there is such a thing as a 'servo distro'
Ubuntu I believe does have a server installation with a different support schedule to it's desktop version.
You might want to ask on the list (essentially that's what I'm doing now) what people recommend for running a server. It's been my impression that there is some consensus that Debian is a good choice. I've been using Squeeze (testing)  but I notice that according to the Debian site, testing is not supported as promptly for security updates so to the extent that that is true it might be an argument for using Lenny (current stable) instead.
How do people weigh in on this issue?
The other question I've been struggling to resolve is with regard to partitioning. 
I'd be interested in any comments about the following issues I've been thinking about lately:
I've heard arguments made for having separate partitions for:
/boot: some say 100M is adequate, my SheevaPlug currently uses 26M but my Zareason laptop is using 147 M!
/swap: I've read that if you have >= 1G of ram, you don't even need swap; alternatively if you use suspend-to-disk then RAM+15% is recommended.
/home: keep it separate so users don't bring down your machine by using up too much space. My plug is using only 2.1M but my laptop is 44G! (I need to house clean.)
/home/ftp and/lor /home/httpd for server data if need be. (Other sources suggest keeping server data in /var- comments?)
/usr/local a local version of the root system: as a separate partition it will survive an upgrade/reinstall. (similar benefit for /home)
/tmp two reasons to have it a separate partition: if you are running off of an sd card instead of a hard drive, this would be a good partition to mount on an external drive to minimize writes to the sd; the other issue is to protect against the possibility of a graphics program trying to load an image that might be too big for available space and thus bring down the system. Any comments from the more experienced? ..any suggestions as to a size that would be adequate?
/var/log in case log files are not purged and get so big that the system is brought down. Does this happen?
/var/spool if running services (eg mail)
With regard to systems running off an SD card (vs Hard Drive), to avoid writes to the sd card, /home, /tmp, and /var might be best mounted onto an external hard drive. In this regard: when does fstab get read and the mounting get done relative to when the first logging is done? Could this be a problem? i.e. does logging of the boot process get done before an external drive might get mounted?

a_kleider at yahoo.com

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From: ron wellman <wellmanron at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] SF-LUG meeting Monday. (Bobbie Sellers)
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Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:08 PM

Yes I'm planning to be there. Last time I got two laptops up and running. I may need to tweak the wireless connection and I'm bringing in an old laptop or two. I'll want to load a server distro on one. The second one may be more problematic. I'm hoping to see Alex there too.

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