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+ - Rugged Linux Server for Rural Tropical Environment

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travalas
travalas writes: "Last year I moved to Rural Bangladesh. My work is pretty diverse, everything from hacking web apps to designing building materials. Increasingly a Linux VM on my MacBook Pro is insufficient due to storage speed/processing constraints and the desire to interface more easily with some sensor packages. There are a few issues that make that make a standard server less than desirable. This server will generally not be running with any sort of climate control and it may need to move to different locations so would also be helpful if it was somewhat portable. The environment here is hot, humid and dusty and brutal on technology and power is very inconsistent so it will often be on a combination of Interruptible Power Supply and solar power. So a UPS is a must and low power consumption desirable, so it strikes me that an Integrated UPS a la Google's servers would be handy. Spec wise it needs to be it needs to be able to handle several VM's and some other processor storage intensive tasks. So 4 cores, 8GB of ram and 3-4 TB of SATA storage seems like a place to start for processing specs. What sort of hardware would you recommend without breaking the bank?"

Comment: The Plan (Score 1) 218

by travalas (#26733769) Attached to: VMware Releases Open Source Virtualization Client
I think what VMware is open-sourcing relatively trivial products in their offerings that can only be used with their non-open-sourced products. They lose very little and gain the open-source distribution channels. i.e. vmware-view-open-client will end up probably end up in the Fedora/Ubuntu apt/yum repos. I think that was also the motivation behind open-vm-tools. Their ultimate goal being to use the apt and yum to maintain their hooks into the os and hopefully have the community maintain it. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth or anything.

Comment: Re:Of course... (Score 3, Informative) 670

by travalas (#23392688) Attached to: Debian Bug Leaves Private SSL/SSH Keys Guessable
On ubuntu.... according to the vulnerability description.. Once the update is applied, weak user keys will be automatically rejected where possible (though they cannot be detected in all cases). If you are using such keys for user authentication, they will immediately stop working and will need to be replaced (see step 3). OpenSSH host keys can be automatically regenerated when the OpenSSH security update is applied. The update will prompt for confirmation before taking this step.

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