Ubuntu Headless server or Mac mini for PlayOn and Samba shares

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jocampo, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. jocampo macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011

    I am in the process of replacing (or upgrading) an Ubuntu headless server I have at home. It's a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz with 2GB of RAM, upgradable to 4GB I think. I know it's not the fastest thing on the Universe but I run VirtualBox headless, setup Samba for iTunes and works pretty well so far.

    Just recently got rid of TV Cable and started using Roku. I would like to use PlayOn service but it runs on Windows only. The other machine I have is not powerful enough and the Ubuntu server can't handle either; PlayOn needs around 1000 Passmark to run decently.

    Should I buy a used PC, Server and install Ubuntu on it? I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on new hardware. I just saw the new Mac mini and I know runs Mac Os, which is not Windows so I can probably install VirtualBox or Parallels.

    Can anyone give me some advice? Does anyone know of any cheap server under $600.00 that meets the 1000 Passmark for PlayOn ? Or should I go for the Mac mini which is around 500 dollars.

    The reason why I would like the Mac mini, is because the form factor, plus will not run or use Windows as native system. I know PlayOn needs Windows, but the idea is create a virtual machine for that purpose instead.

    By the way, thinking in previous Mac Mini, like Apple Mac Mini MC438LL/A Server, basically because a better price.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Why not just upgrade your current server? New mobo, CPU, ram...
  3. jocampo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    Thanks for reply.

    Upgrading RAM won't fix the PlayOn issue.

    I cannot upgrade to a faster CPU, at least, not one that meets the PlayOn requirements. Because motherboard and socket limitation.

    Last but not least, time! It will sound stupid, but in terms of ROI, will cost me more do all that migration work (hardware) myself than buying something I just need to install or tweak at Os layer. My spare time is very limited.

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