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Old 28th July 2008
MrDetermination MrDetermination is offline
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Default Newbie requesting too much time/effort!


I'm a novice Linux user and a new BSD user. I've loaded Ubuntu on a half dozen machines and mucked around in another half dozen distros. I've been in that learning curve off and on for a year or so. All I've done in BSD so far is:

-Load it on an old laptop

-Load xfce on that

-Load it on a "rough draft" box (like a "training wheels" version of a file server)

-Set up key-auth OpenSSH and harden login security

This Essay was extremely compelling, on a basic level. So compelling, in fact, I would like to build my next file server on BSD. Here is a summary of what I would like to accomplish, given my current understanding:


-Low power consumption (as low as possible given the rest)

-Five 1TB SATA hard drives in Raid 5, 4TB of storage space (I've never implemented RAID before). I'm willing to buy 6 drives when it comes time for hardware purchasing.



-Headless operation

-Automatically updates OS and applications daily

-The ability to know which of the drives has failed when any of them do

-The ability to hot swap out drives at will for disk maintenance

-The ability to "share" anything on the RAID array with my LAN (read only)

-A safe "open" place on the RAID array to write data (dump files here)

-Efficient file management (move files, tar, rar, zip, etc)


-Moblock between WAN and all applications: http://moblock.berlios.de/

-HFS-like simple HTTP file server (for easy "anywhere") read access

-Safe and easy WAN write access to the "dump"

-Direct Connect client, bandwidth throttling

-Bit Torrent client that monitors the dump for .torrent files, bandwidth throttling, encrypted connections

-Newsgroup client that monitors the dump for .nzb files and .zip files containing .nzb files, encrypted connections

-irssi + screen - Accessible from anywhere

-All the above to come online at power up (it would be nice if they could come up 30 seconds apart - IRSSI, 30 seconds, MoBlock, 30seconds, Newsleecher, 30, Torrent, 30…)

So, if it is okay, as I go through this I'll just ask questions here in this thread. Is that okay?

Any hardware/application suggestions?

Suggested reading links?

What would you do differently?

Am I going to have to run Xorg?

Which apps should be run under a unique user?

Which apps should be run in jails (I have yet to touch jails but they sound like they'll be useful to me)?
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