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ok i got this old labtop of mine it uses a wireless network card that i would need... i was wondering if i could somehow set up a small fileserver ...
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    how can i set up a server on an old labtop?


    ok

    i got this old labtop of mine
    it uses a wireless network card that i would need...

    i was wondering if i could somehow set up a small fileserver on it.

    i just dont know which distro i should use

    i can go check, but i belive it has like 300mHz and 64mb ram

    maybe it was twice as fast...

    so it has to be a small distro with fileserver support...


    anyone know one?

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    You can do this with any distribution - just be careful which packages you install. You probably only need a text-mode server (i.e. no X, window managers or X applications) with the samba and/or NFS packages installed.

    Maybe starting with something like Damn Small Linux would be the best approach, as that's designed to be lightweight anyway.
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    Another file sharing proptocol would be samba. That allows for people on Microsofts Windows to connect too.
    [NFS can be mounted on windows if you have Unix Toold For Windows]
    Yet again im sure DSL will do the task great.
    THere are many bigger distros that could also do the tast given you dont install X

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    thanks

    ill give that one a try

    can i select server install at the start to keep it from installing x stuff???

    i was just wondering if dsl will support my wireless card (didnt work a year ago) or at least ndiswrapper (worked just fine then)


    i also now found this great side with lots of howtos about setting up server... but i dont realy want to download all 14 cd images...
    http://www.aboutdebian.com/

    any comments about that side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewB
    Another file sharing proptocol would be samba.
    What, as an alternative to samba and/or NFS?

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