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I use two desktop computers on a daily basis. My primary computer is called Intrepid, and my server is called Enterprise.

  • os[Linux 3.2.0-61-generic x86_64]
  • distro[Ubuntu “precise” 12.04]
  • cpu[2 x AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4450e (AuthenticAMD) @ 1000MHz]
  • mem[Physical: 2.8GB]
  • disk[Total: 1.7TB]
  • video[NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430]]
  • sound[HDA-Intel – HDA NVidia]

Enterprise functions as a “personal cloud” computer. I use a samba share and FTP on it to access my files wherever I am. In particular, my music library on one dedicated hard drive (100 GB IDE HDD, gotta get that replaced) and my videos on two other dedicated hard drives (500 GB HDD and a 1 TB HDD). It was originally configured to be a device than ran transmission-daemon full time, because I needed to continuously seed torrents and Intrepid was a dual-booter at the time.

I have a graphical user interface installed on Enterprise too, which is apparently taboo for servers, but I like it. It’s hardly a server anyway. I run openbox for the desktop / window manager and xfce4-panel for the taskbar. Both are incredibly light on resources. Openbox uses 5 MB of RAM and xfce4-panel uses 10 MB (which is probably a lot more than it should but it’s still very lightweight). I highly recommend both of these for anyone looking to use a lightweight but still functional and aesthetically pleasing desktop solution. Transmission-gtk is the most memory intensive process, using 50 MB of RAM.

Anyway, the more computers you have, the better 😀 Even if it’s just a raspberry-pi.

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