[time-nuts] Best OS for small time server

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Sat Feb 23 18:57:46 EST 2008

> Do you mean a RAM disc?


> And how about using NFS for backing up the logs?

Sure.  It's another tool for the collection.

I see two problems with NFS.  The main one is that I'm not familiar with it 
and what happens when things go wrong.  It seems like a step in the wrong 
direction.  It's adding another complicated system to the dependency chain.

The other one is size.  If your NFS isn't working, you only have RAM for a 
buffer.  Flash disks are generally bigger than RAM.  (It might be 
cheaper/simpler to get more RAM.)

In case anybody isn't familiar with this area, they make flash "disks" that 
plug directly into IDE connectors on the motherboard.  That makes the 
mechanical packaging clean - no cables.  DOM, or Disk-on-Module is a good 
term to search for.  For example:

There isn't any power on the 40 pin connectors so they aren't as clean/simple 
as the 44 pin versions.  If you look carefully, you can see the extra wires 
for power in the upper left of the second picture in the above URL.

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