FreeBSD & mini-ITX
brently1 at bjwcs.com
Wed Jun 22 22:16:26 GMT 2005
Benjamin Keating wrote:
>I've been eyeing up these mini-ITX boards - would like to make a quite
>little file server. Does anyone here run a mini-ITX board (what
>model)? Does it work out of the box? Anything not supported? I'd go
>for one of VIA's as AMD's and others are still a little new and
>pricey. Recommend a shop to purchase from (in the US)?
I've tried several of the VIA mini-itx boards (not with FreeBSD tho).
Not bad. But:
1: cases aren't super plentiful and the nice ones aren't cheap
2: for a file server, I want gig-E, something not built on to the VIA
boards, at least not since I've last checked (could be available now)
3: I think it actually ends up being cheaper to buy a little cube system
w/ a standard AMD/Intel chip
4: Many of the cases for the via boards don't have multiple drive
bays... since you mention file server, I assume you'd want to at least
mirror 2 drives
5: for the price, you may just want to consider buying a USB-NAS adapter
(Linksys and Dlink both have them) or getting a Buffalo Terrastation (or
similar) and save yourself a lot of work assembling, etc. Of course,
this assumes you only want to use the box as a fileserver.
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