[Techtalk] Home server - Where to start?

RobertWichert robert at wichert.org
Fri May 6 00:29:06 UTC 2011

Does anybody have a good, current, reference book to recommend on the 

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On 5/5/2011 4:39 PM, Maria McKinley wrote:
> On 5/5/11 4:05 PM, Kathryn Andersen wrote:
>> On Thu, May 05, 2011 at 05:15:01PM +0200, Svenja S. wrote:
>>> Anyway, we've just bought an EEEbox that we're planning to use as a 
>>> home
>>> server and for multimedia (and to play around a bit...). Not sure
>>> whether that is such a great idea, but I didn't pay for the thing...
>>> I've been using Arch Linux for a while, so this is what I'd like to
>>> install on the machine. But I don't have any experience in running a
>>> server, so do you have any suggestions how I could get an idea of what
>>> could be done with this thing and how?
>> Well, one of the advantages of Arch Linux is that they do have good
>> documentation, so looking there would be a good start.
>>> First, we would like to run a file server, plus I've always wanted my
>>> own mail server, but that will have to wait until I really know what 
>>> I'm
>>> doing ;)
>> Whatever you choose for a mailserver, *don't* use sendmail; it is really
>> hard to configure.  I use Postfix myself, but that doesn't mean that
>> Postfix is the only easy mailserver.
> Or that it is an easy mailserver. ;-) I would claim that it is only 
> easy relative to sendmail. I think easy mailserver is a bit of an 
> oxymoron. Or more precisely, a working mail service is not easy to 
> achieve. The mail server is only part of the puzzle, there is also 
> mail storage, security, spam filters, webmail (if desired), etc. Not 
> to be discouraging, but realistically, it does take tenacity to setup 
> a mail server.
> ~maria
>> If you want to set up webmail as well, I suggest Dovecot for the IMAP
>> server and roundcube for the webmail - though Squirrelmail is also good
>> for webmail, roundcube looks prettier (grin).
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