Monday, July 18, 2011

An Ubuntu Server (1/X)

<Open case view>

<I have been playing around with the tiles and the maps for a while, it was good but if i have to finish the project in time , it's the right moment to make my own server to test SDL_Net >

<First i needed to set up a server, probably you will think i was going to use a dual xeon computer with terabytes of hard disk .... from my experience with the servers and the power needed to run the app i don't need so much hard, in fact i have decided to run it in a quite old computer, that's the server configuration:>
  • Intel 3.06Ghz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2x9GB SCSI HDDs
  • 100 MBs LAN
<The most important thing in a server is data redundancy , if the server power supply fails, you will have a server down, but you can bring it to live just replacing it, But what will happen if the hard disk crashes?, just guess.... so i decided to set up a software RAID 1 device with two SCSI hard disks, the processor and RAM are weak for a desktop gamer, but i think they are going to handle the expected amount of users, at least in the beginning>

<Dual SCSI disks>

<Now into the software, the final server configuration is going to use the Ubuntu Server edition but at the moment i need to debug and compile the project in the server, so I'm going to use the Ubuntu 10.10 Alternate edition instead of the server one>

<You may ask "Why to use the 10.10 version when there is a new version (11.04)?" , it is indeed a good question, and the quick answer is "Unity"... for all the people that have worked with Ubuntu from a few years ago , you are used to the Gnome desktop manager, so you were not forced (in the past) to use a (quite) bloated desktop manager like KDE, I'm not telling you to don't use KDE, it's good of course, but for me it smells too much like MS products...., but now Gnome has decided that to use the desktop manager you are going to need a powerful opengl card (maybe it's ok for a modern desktop computer), but it's not so ok for a server computer.., Unity tries to solve this problem, but if you have ever used the "Ubuntu Netbook Remix" you will know it's NOT a mature product, you have the feeling that is sort of mac OS/X clone, can't set up the desktop and bars the same way than in standard Gnome and finally i'm pretty sure it is much more slower than the (old) Ubuntu 10.10>

<For me it's quite clear which o.s. to use, just go and get Ubuntu Alternate 10.10 and burn the cd to start installing it>

In the next Post, installing wit Ubuntu Alternate, software RAIDs and more....

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