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    Kit to run Minecraft on within school

    I'm an IT Tech in an Emotionally Disturbed Boys school and one of the projects I have recently been given is setting up a in house server to run the minecraft game on. I'm thinking that to keep the costs down a Linux Server might be the way to go. New territory to me I've been Miscrosoft since I started the job some 8 years ago. Would a Linux Server bee a good way to go - if so can anyone recommend a suitable cheap server to put it on please. We do have the old Domain Server still in the school it still has 2003 Server on it but the components are a bit sleepy now.

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    Whats in the old server? A minecraft server is going to need quite a bit of ram. Best thing to do is give it a go with what you've got and see how it works out. Then work out how much it will cost to make it better and see if it's cheaper just to rent a small server. We had one and it wasn't very much at all. Makes managing it easy too with a nice console.

    Sounds like a great idea too

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    If it runs 2003 server its perfectly capable of running Linux. As @SmellyLlama says, ram is the main issue. About a gig is enough to get started with depending on the number of users, the world size and if you use bukkit w/plugins.

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    It's worth noting that if people stay fairly close to a central point not much ram will get used, but who wants to stay in one place!!

    There are tons of cool bukkit plugins to reign them in too

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    If this was implemented in a school for say an IT suite of 30 children you would purchase 30 accounts plus the server application? (Minecraft noob here) just trying to understand pricing wise for the actual minecraft software. I know it costs 13.95 on there site.

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    Running a Minecraft server for a friend (the server app is free) on Debian. He has about 25 players online at a peak and I have java set to use a maximum of 1GB ram for the process... No complaints so must work well!

    Reading their website I imagine it would be a case of 30 separate purchases? :/

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    If you drop them an email they might sort out an educational deal with you. They seem like nice guys.

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    If schools are going to start using minecraft hopefully they'll provide a better licensing model, we'd either need to purchase 1 licence per pupil or have pupils sharing logins between classes which isn't ideal especially as they could go home and start using it if they wished which I guess will break the license conditions. I'm not sure that having a teacher(or one of us!) run around a room logging everyone on before a class starts is the best use of their time either.

    Really we could do with being able to buy internal/lan only computer licences or site licences that allow us to create as many users as we want or allow pupils to connect without a password. I would love to start using it in the school but I think it'd be a lot of hastle with the current licencing.

    19/pc or 600(31pcs+) odd per site wouldn't be too bad, I can't see schools paying much more for what is essentially a game

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    I'd seriously suggest contacting them, they're decent guys (unlike a lot of huge companies...) that'd probably be more than happy to help you out.

    I'd say Debian/Ubuntu is the easiest to get the Minecraft server setup and running on, generally for 20 odd users I'd allocate 4GB RAM to be on the safe side, but you could experiment with that. What was also useful back in the day (I'm not sure it really helps now) was mounting a RAM disk under Linux and having the map stored there instead.

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    Any suggestion on how to contact them; I can't find an e-mail contact so tried their Forum but the topics aren't really relevant?



    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    If you drop them an email they might sort out an educational deal with you. They seem like nice guys.

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    tweet notch?

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    a search for "mojang.com contact details" on google returned:

    Notch!

    with the email address: notch@mojang.com

    additionally, a domain Whois on minecraft.net returned the email address: Markus@mojang.com (Markus == Notch)

    don't know how well that will get through(i suspect he gets alot of emails) but worth a try?

    Tom

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    Thanks Geoff and Tom - I Tweeted and found it last night and sent Notch a message. I'll post any update here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-Kirby View Post
    a search for "mojang.com contact details" on google returned:

    Notch!

    with the email address: notch@mojang.com

    additionally, a domain Whois on minecraft.net returned the email address: Markus@mojang.com (Markus == Notch)

    don't know how well that will get through(i suspect he gets alot of emails) but worth a try?

    Tom

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    keep us updated on how it all turns out. iv been on the Minecraft bandwagon since the alpha stage(where it cost me something like 8 and iv got lifetime updates)

    although i haven't played it in a while..

    Tom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-Kirby View Post
    keep us updated on how it all turns out.

    Tom.
    Please do, my lunch time ICT club all play Minecraft and I mentioned this to them the other day and they got very excited!

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