[kwlug-disc] Convergence is an ongoing thing. What (in) 'Home Server'?
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Mon Apr 27 16:46:11 EDT 2009
Groping here ...
Convergence is a moving target. We've had a number of presentations,
be it MythTV, Asterisk, lmce, and/or combinations. They have mostly
centered around TV (Myth) and VoIP (Asterisk) to date, and
understandably so. Umpteen other things such as IM could be added to
Any given enterprise, be it 100 locations, a single workstation
installation, or a home, has various best practice gateway services
(first thing off the router), network services (ntp, dhcp, dns, samba,
endless more), and various other 'network one-off' beasties (backups)
that one could reasonably say should be combined together into a 'home
server.' Bonus is a single box that can then be duplicated
(redundantized?), presumably involving the equivalent of a NAS facility.
What's out there?
My read of the consensus at the end of the last lmce presentation was:
- if all you really want is 'media' (MythTV/Asterisk), you will likely
have a more pleasant out of box experience with a tailored distro /
- if you are in it for the long term (or only want a single learning
curve), and think home control and so on will ultimately become
ubiquitous, and I think it will, lmce is probably a better answer.
Despite their attitudes and less pleasant out of box experience.
What else is out there headed in the same direction as the original
premise, above? (Think lmce.) I'm prepared to put on the padding and
descend into lmce, but before doing so I thought I'd better check if
there's anything else out there. (I gather pluto has stopped all
efforts, so whatever else ever comes out of lmce, it will be
completely community driven.)
I finally thought to search on 'home server' and 'gateway' on
wikipedia, falling into the inevitable bottomless pit of internet
material and links.
Anyone have a magic search term that will more directly get me towards
what I'm groping around for? Without such, at the moment, I'm reduced
to wallowing around in a sea of ... stuff.
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