Last year I got everything I needed to make a Media Center server. The goal was to put Linux MCE on it. After reinstalling Ubuntu and Kubuntu no less than 10 times, I gave up and decided to use the server to store all of the music I had purchased and downloaded from the past. I had 2TB of harddrive space, and if I set up a RAID5 array, I would have about 1.5TB of available space for media.
So I moved all of the music that was already digital to it. Now I’m in the process of ripping all of my CDs, and then it will be onto ripping vinyl.
The funny thing about CDs is that I can only rip one at a time. I’m ripping them into FLAC, because my server will convert them to MP3 when streaming, and FLAC is lossless in case I wanted to burn a CD from it again.
Then I got bored and decided to go in on a server with four VPS’s in a datacenter for a few bucks a month. My VPS is running CentOS, while my home server now has Ubuntu. Getting the package mangers confused happens often, but it’s nothing big. The one thing I haven’t yet set up is a DNS server so I can host my own nameservers. I was thinking about going with a free nameserver host, so that it could answer for me.
Once this server is up, I’ll be able to host sites on it. It uses ISPConfig’s management panel and allows resellers. I still have to get mod_ruby, mod_python and Django installed for development and for anyone who wants it.
The funny thing is, one of our competitors at Collab21 is looking for a new host, and has asked us. I hope luck like this continues as we move forward with Workshop Wednesday.