I currently have an Apple XServe G5, running OSX server 10.4. As you can imagine, 10.4 has become increasingly annoying due to the high difficulty of updating the server software (Apache, PHP, MySQL, not to mention ClamAV). I am considering putting Ubuntu on this server (I've already found the build to support the PPC arch.), however I would like some assurance that I will be able to find replacement packages for everything that 10.4 can do. Right now my main concerns are:
- File Sharing via AFP (No 'just use FTP' please, many of my employees vastly prefer how their Macs interact with AFP in Finder and the like).
- Mail server.
- Load balancing via Crossroads.
- Are there any packages that support the special hardware on an XServe, such as the system identifier light and the intrusion switch
I already have two webservers (AMD boxes) running on Ubuntu so I'm not unfamiliar with the software, it's just that this server has many more responsibilities than just web and database serving.