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comment Eliminating the Page File
@Stu, Have you benchmarked this at all? Is Microsoft so incompetent at operating system design that you can improve the system with a few mouse clicks? This whole page file thing is the biggest bike shed argument ever. You're trusting them to do a billion things right that you don't understand, why don't you trust them on this one?
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comment Netbook as server?
I'm personally only interested in the netbook's monitor/keyboard for the times that I can't use ssh anyway (for system-level upgrades or when the network is down for other reasons). But you're right, for graphical stuff, screen real-estate is precious and an optimized window manager is great.
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comment SSDs for archival purposes?
To be fair, the question wasn't about price/performance, just about whether or not the data would stay were it was put :)
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comment Netbook as server?
UNR wouldn't really be my first thought for a server ;)
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comment Netbook as server?
Yeah, I'm definitely not thinking about this for a data-center, just light soho usage. As stated in the question, any reason routing/firewalling wouldn't work with vlans? I thought most chips were ap-capable if the drivers being used supported it. While a serial console is great, I think a monitor/keyboard has convenience advantages in a lot of situations. Again, this is really as a cheap "good enough" sort of thing, not as a do-all low cost server. It doesn't cover all scenarios, but I think for many there is a lot of potential value. Thanks for your input!
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comment Netbook as server?
You're right, reliability is the big question. Since these are meant as cheap consumer devices, they are likely to be a bit shoddy. At least designers of embedded machines meant to be used as servers have motivation to work on reliability.
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comment set up a chrooted SFTP login with OpenSSH
Well, you can't make everything else unreadable without chrooting I don't think. They'd at least have to be able to read / and /home. You could create /home/user/home/user, take away write access to everything above that level and automatically cd them to /home/user (within the chroot) when they log in. The inevitable trade off with chroot is that you have to reproduce the root file system within it to make certain things work. In this case, two dummy directories isn't that bad, although of course you'd have to manage that for every user.
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comment Is it safe to store data on a hard drive for a long time?
Just curious, but can you point to studies that demonstrate the long term reliability of optical media? Are there certain materials/brands that last longer than others? I have heard (but not experienced) that regular consumer-writable optical disks can become unreadable in a matter of years.
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asked Netbook as server?
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answered set up a chrooted SFTP login with OpenSSH
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comment Externally hosted proxy server as frontend to internal HTTP server
Good points, hadn't thought that through :(