|Magnus on Mon, 7 Jul 2003 11:26:14 -0400|
I am (not right now, but within the next couple of months) looking to replace two x86 boxes that handle web and mail serving with something else. I am writing because the 'something else' has not particularly been decided yet. My requirements are: basically noiseless (no case fans if possible) small footprint (smaller the better) low heat emission low power consumption (hopefully) low price
Sounds like something based on a Via EPIA motherboard. You can further reduce power consumption by using a laptop hard disk.
I noticed performance wasn't one of your top requirements. Keep in mind these are no Xeons. But they gently sip from the power supply and make no noise if you get one of the fanless models. They use the Mini-ITX form factor which keeps the footprint quite small.
Disk speed may be more important than processor speed, although even that isn't that important - on a busy day, the mail server might handle 2000 messages or so (OK, call it 4000, because of the doubling caused by spamassassin).
Which is next to nothing. Laptop hard disk will cost more and run slower but use less juice. Note that for awhile I was using a modern laptop HD for video editing so if it is fast enough for that, it is fast enough for a light duty server.
I have seen some things that piqued my interest, but
These boxes are well supported by various free OS's including Linux and *BSD.
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