iBook G4 as Server - Issues?

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  1. dbdjre0143 macrumors regular

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    I've been considering setting up a Debian server to run OwnCloud for awhile, and am considering using my (currently unsused) iBook G4 for the job. It's the 1GHz 12" model (https://everymac.com/systems/apple/ibook/specs/ibook_g4_1.0_12.html). I remember reading somewhere that this model partially cools through the keyboard. Of course, that could have been wrong, or I could be misremembering. My question is then, can I safely leave this model turned on 24/7 with it closed without worrying about overheating? Also, anyone else tried using an iBook in this manner with any potential caveats to note?
     
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    For about a year, I used an iBook G3 (600mhz I think) as a Time Machine backup server. I had two USB external drives connected to it.

    After having made the initial full TM backup I connected both externals and things were fine from there. Worked pretty well. I had it sitting behind some speakers on a high shelf, but I left the lid open.

    Almost anything I use in a similar manner I install OSX VNC on so I could remote into the Mac any time to see if there were issues - without having to climb up and turn on the screen.

    I imagine if you do something similar it shouldn't be an issue - except closing the lid probably. TM backups are essentially file sharing so if that's your intent here it's not that different.
     
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    The iBooks do use the keyboard to dissipate some heat. It handles it’s heat pretty well, but I think that all G4 portables tend to run too hot to operate with the lid closed on a permanent basis.
     
  4. dbdjre0143 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the thoughts @eyoungren and @AphoticD. I will then try to find somewhere I can leave it open without my cats bothering it. :p
     

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