So, now I get my sense of community, I feel I belong, so I sit back and look at what I need, and yet again, I’m surprised at what I see.
Now, while I ordered a PPC copy of Ubuntu, I’m not going to abandon Mac OSX anytime soon. I need it to run some important apps that Linux couldn’t at the moment handle properly, or offer an equivalent replacement, and I’m certainly not going to pay for premium hardware, then cripple it by using another OS. Their may be some critisim of OSX, and I have found a few niggles, but it does everything it says on the box, and then some. So, simply, Mac is here to stay, and though a laptop is going to be my primary desktop/workstation.
I can’t abandon a fixed desktop yet, Michelle needs something to surf/check email/produce her famous clipart laden lists, notes and letters, and while she moans its not Windows, Firefox, Thunderbird and OO fit the bill. I currently need the Xandros installation to stay as it carries Crossover running Office 2000, primarily for Access, and that for a single un-replaceable application. Xandros also sees the scanner, easily intregrates into the Samba network, is stable, and runs Think just peachy. So it stays for the medium term, and may get upgraded to Xandros 3 when it is released.
Ubuntu is almost certainly going to be the OS behind the webserver/mailserver/groupware server/file server, running on the old, and previously unreliable, SuSE machine. I’m going to give the current install another week of testing, then re-install, clean, and start to configure the server apps, then transfer the groupware data etc. The fun will then start to configure the mailserver element for the rest of the users.
Two boxes down, two to go. What do I do with the old laptop, and the soon to be redundant old webserver. Take the webserver first. I don’t really want to retire it again, its going to have to die of old age or over work. Do I turn it into an expensive hardware firewall, or do I drop the fileserver element of the new machine, and use this as a file server instead. It could run Ubuntu easily, and would just need a big HD. As for firewall, sure Smoothwall could do it, but I could reconfigure my network to use the ADSL router, currently working fine as a firewall, and or my wireless router, currently running without any of its server abilities enabled, and it is one of the lovely hackable Linksys WRT things. My current thinking is to leave the jobs to the specialists and go with reconfiguring the network to let one, or both, the routers do the job of looking after the network security and routing, maybe even look into some of the available hacks. And the little old Time machine may be retired fully.
This just leaves the laptop, and the possibility that I may see the return of Windows to it. Shudder. My only excuse is that I think I may be called upon to do some remote desktop sessions, and WinXP offers the easiest out of the box solution. However, I may just install VNC on the likely candidates, and carry on with Linux. My first step has been to wipe the perfectly stable SuSE 9.1 install, and Ubuntu is sitting in it now. Its not a perfect marriage though, the touchpad is not working to the best of its ability, it is not offering drag and drop, or click by double tap, much like the default Mac. Mepis is looking increasingly attractive for the machine.
I can see the next few rainy nights being ones that involve a serious network reconfigure to future proof some of these changes. Damn.