Trisquel Server

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joshaspinall
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Evening all,

As the result of a cheeky offer I now have an Asus Motherboard + 2x CPU's on the way to me in the post. Once this arrives, the board will get Librebooted and fitted into it's new home as my main 'home lab' server.

In terms of using Trisquel as a 'Server' OS, can you recommend the best way to go at this; i.e. a minimal console only installation for management over SSH, no Desktop Environment etc. Will it be a case of installing the Mini variant and removing everything I don't need?

Thanks in advance.

chaosmonk

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Iscritto: 07/07/2017

> In terms of using Trisquel as a 'Server' OS, can you recommend the best way
> to go at this; i.e. a minimal console only installation for management over
> SSH, no Desktop Environment etc.

It sounds like you'd be best of with the netinstall. It's the fourth option on the download[1] page.

[1] https://trisquel.info/en/download

joshaspinall
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Aha, I missed that option! Does this allow you to choose which components you want/need to install when run?

chaosmonk

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> Does this allow you to choose which components
> you want/need to install when run?

I've never used it myself, but I think that's the idea.

https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/using-netinstall-image-bootable-usb-drive

joshaspinall
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Thanks again both.

I have a few more questions on the Server front:

I currently have a ZFS pool running in another server-type machine that I would ideally move over as-is. Is it possible to run ZFS (OpenZFS) under Trisquel? By possible, I don't mean in the technical sense; rather to being compatible from a freedom perspective.

Secondly, what is the preferred/recommended means to run Virtual Instances/Machines/Containers in the same regard as above? It is intended to run multiple instances of whatever method is used, including a website, 'cloud', VoIP, Media Serving etc. and whatever else I can dream up in the future.

From my time here I only tend to see requests or advice requested on standalone machines, usually Laptops. I hope any discussions here are useful to anyone in a similar situation as myself!

Thanks.

andyprough
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> Secondly, what is the preferred/recommended means to run Virtual Instances/Machines/Containers in the same regard as above?

I use gnome-boxes on top of qemu-kvm for simple virtualization on Trisquel. Faster virtualization and much simpler to setup than Virtualbox or VMWare Player.

Here's a screenshot of Trisquel 8 Mini running on gnome-boxes within my Trisquel 8 Plasma desktop. https://trisquel.info/files/Screenshot_20180721_102619.png

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jxself
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"Is it possible to run ZFS (OpenZFS) under Trisquel? By possible, I don't mean in the technical sense; rather to being compatible from a freedom perspective"

https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2016/feb/25/zfs-and-linux/

nadebula.1984
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I still manage several workstations in my lab. I plan to replace the originally installed Mint with Trisquel 8.

The standard Trisquel installer with MATE should be good. Though I don't actually need a DE, some students may have difficulties with the terminal.

joshaspinall
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> I use gnome-boxes on top of qemu-kvm for simple virtualization on Trisquel.

Looks cool, never heard of this one before. Will certainly give this a go for Local DE Virtualisation. It may not be suitable for a headless instance, managed remotely via SSH or other. Headless qemu-kvm sounds like a goer, but I am not currently familiar. Will likely have a tinker on the new machine prior to making the jump.

> https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2016/feb/25/zfs-and-linux/

Interesting, I was not aware of this issue. Switching over completely to the Libre Server may take a little longer than planned with a disk management change thrown in!

> I've never used it myself, but I think that's the idea.
> https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/using-netinstall-image-bootable-usb-drive

I seem to be having problems getting this to boot. Dropped onto a USB using dd as with the normal and lite Trisquel images, no joy. Anyone that has used this version with success, could you please provide some tips?

Thanks for all your help and responses thus far!