from linux to mac for home server?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Cybix, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. Cybix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    background info:

    The only machine left in my house that isnt a Mac is my home Linux server.

    It's an Intel Celeron 2.6Ghz, has a 250gig PATA drive in it, a gig of ram and a gig ethernet adapter.

    It runs Fedora Core 5 Linux, and is used for:

    DNS server (bind/named)
    E-Mail server (sendmail)
    IMAP server (dovecot)
    Web server (apache)
    SQL server (mySQL)
    FTP server (vsftpd)
    File server (samba)

    My home network has a public routed Class C IP address range, the Linux server doesnt really have anything to do with it, except it manages the domain services for the network.

    I'd like to either get rid of this machine completely (it's noisey, and gets hot, as it's sort of half in the office cupboard), or I'd like to replace it with a MAC MINI.

    Some of the above services I could probably go without (FTP), but the others, I need. Perhaps I could put some of the services off site, or with a hosting company, unfortunately costs are high to do this, esp in Australia.
    I could probably move my DNS services off the machine, and use my domain registrar's DNS hosting services.

    First Question:
    Will a Mac Mini running regular OS X Tiger do the above things? I know Tiger has 'named' on it for DNS, apache/php, mysql, can do samba, can do email (sendmail or postfix?) or do I need OS X server?

    I would love to replace the PC for something much quieter, with less power consumption (mini is perfect)

    I spose the main services required are email and web/sql/php :cool:

    would be so nice to have all-mac machines (and a much quieter home office)

    just for the heck of it, network diagram looks somewhat like this:

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  2. kronos2611 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2004
    I myself moved from a linux home server to Mac OS probably 2 years ago now - you should be able to do everything you need with the standard edition of Mac OS X, but you're going to need to do a bit of customisation..

    FTP - out of the box
    File Server - out of the box
    DNS - out of the box, pretty much standard named from what I remember, don't touch it much though..
    SQL Server - MySQL is available for download, I've never had any problems with it.
    Web Server - you could use the built in Apache, but you're better off going for a fresh install apache 2.x which I found easier to customise, just make sure you disable the built in one first unless you're running on different ports
    E-mail - postfix enabler should help out (but I've just realised that they're now charging for it... didn't when I used it)-
  3. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Or if you're lazy you could download and install MAMP for creating an apache and mySQL server out of the box... I don't know how much customization you can do though...

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