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    What to do with a doorstop server?

    I have a server here (twin P3) that's a bit old but seems to be working, does anyone have any ideas for uses other than as an apps or file server?

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    Nagios/Cacti network monitoring?

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    we used our two old huge rm doorstops as a webserver and (for a short time) a web proxy server for logging users & websites.

    They'd probably make good footstools? or just wiegh them in for scrap - steel is £90 per tonne at the minute!

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    a replacement for the keep left signs that kids steal when they're drunk.

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    The webserver idea had crossed my mind, possibly as an intranet setup. I studied ASP.Net in uni for my course and could probably throw a quick school site together.

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    For a school website you could do it cheaper and better using LAMP + a CMS such as Website Baker, Joomla...

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    Sounds like it should still be capable of quite a lot - how about a *nix shell account system for kids who are interested in learning about "real" computers, or might like a C compiler? (or dont such kids exist any more?)

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    I was very disappointed when my university shut off the TRU-64 unix box for the summer (i'm still not sure whether they've replaced it or something). I guess i'll have to make do with my own systems, much less fun than poking about on their alpha box.

    It's always fun giving kids something to play with, but they'd only break it.

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    I very much doubt that my SMT would let me set up anything like a *nix shell for students. The Joomla idea does appeal though, is there anywhre I can read up on it?

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    http://joomla.org/

    Also check the 2 stickies here.

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    Why not a *nix box for students to make websites on rhyds? It's something I'd love to do here when I get a minute.. somewhere that the kids can build dynamic websites rather than have to host outside that 99% don't get past the filtering. Doesn't have to be insecure - give them an account space to play in..

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    Joomla it is! The edugeek Joomla setup seems to be everything we need here, and as the SMT have been going on about wanting a website I can use the local server to showcase it and beta test as an intranet service before going over to an internet deployment. Thanks all

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    Not to play devils advocate, but watch out for the "its not bilingual" comments you'll undoubtably recieve if you're planning on creating the school website.

    Head told me to remove the last one after a single letter of complaint about it not being bilingual, rather than tackling it with a normal respose of "well has the person who complained got the time to spend making it bilingual".

    Of course, if youre plannin something internal, then that doesnt matter.

    Was always my intention to make that server into some sort of internal webserver i.e. a helpdesk style of website - but good luck in getting the folks to "help themselves"

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    Yeah - bilingual is a real problem - really we're supposed to offer it too, but you being a Welsh medium school it's even more pressing.

    Joomla doesn't really do it yet, so the only options I see are to make 2 versions by hand, as Llanfyllin HS have done or use the Powys made CMS Schoolsweb (free, runs on lamp - just ask for it to be installed for you (not GPL /OSS AFAIK yet, just due to guru time constraints)) - which just gives two input boxes for news stories etc., but then sorts it all out for you on the actual site. It's a bit basic but all css driven, so you can make what you want of it (depending on your css skills of course!)

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    Re: What to do with a doorstop server?

    The bilingual aspect is going to take some thinking about, and probably a lot of work, but joomla does support multiple languages, so a solution can probably be whacked out using the linguistic equivalent of a large lump hammer.

    Tarquel: I might see if there's enough tea and biscuits in the world to get Haf to do the translation for me lol

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