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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: 100 LAMP server from PC World Reply with quote

Bought a PogoPlug from PC world for 50 (now 70, unfortunately), seemed an interesting gadget. Paired it with a 500Gb USB drive (again for 50).

The standard PogoPlug service is interesting, useful, even. But a bit boring. Then I found PlugApps and Plugbox Linux, and Arch Linux based distro for the PogoPlug (and other Plug computers).

After about an hour of tinkering I now have a fully fledged LAMP server with Samba for an outlay of 100 and a power consumption that means I can leave it on 24/7 without worrying about the electricity bill.

Run a few simple test scripts to check that Apache, PHP and MySQL are all hooked up and happy with each other and all seems fine.

Now I just need to bone up on PHP, though I think I may give Wordpress a go as a sort of family intranet.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but the most important question, is yours pink?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bobthebob1234 wrote:
but the most important question, is yours pink?


Oh yes, very pink.

But for 50, I can live with that.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I installed Wordpress onto the PogoPlug, and it works perfectly, though I'm not sure its exactly what I want.

What I'm after is an application that allows users to author their own pages (like Wordpress) in their own areas (unlike Wordpress). Sort of like a wiki, but with editing of pages restricted to just the author and admins.

Any ideas?

I suppose I could concoct my own by (heavily) modding an existing wiki.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at Drupal.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ollie wrote:
Look at Drupal.


Seems more like it, but still rather overkill for what I'm after.

What I want is a single, "homepage" with a bunch of links to each user's sub-site (Fred, Jim, Bert, etc). Only Admin can edit the front page. Anon users will be able to browse the site like any other website, but registered users will be able to edit pages in their sub-site (and only in their sub-site) using an online wysiwyg editor.

Drupal or Wordpress may do the trick, but I'm wondering how quick / easy it will be to customise them to do this compared with rolling my own.

Rolling my own would also make a nice first PHP project.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyBaxman wrote:
Rolling my own would also make a nice first PHP project.


And it would be as awesome (or not) as you want. Not too difficult either. There are loads of javascript based wysiwyg editors out there that are easy it implement and use
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about TiddlyWiki?

http://www.tiddlywiki.com/

Don't know about the admin / multiuser scenario though!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried Tonido?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyBaxman wrote:
Drupal or Wordpress may do the trick, but I'm wondering how quick / easy it will be to customise them to do this compared with rolling my own.

Rolling my own would also make a nice first PHP project.


Drupal does what you want straight "out of the box". Customisation is very easy and there are lots of modules that plug straight in to provide different functions. Installation and setting up your accounts would take 15 - 30 minutes depending on the number of users. There are over 750 "official" themes available and the are plenty of other free Drupal themes that can be easily found on the intertubes.

You can customise the PHP or write your own PHP modules if you can't find one that does exactly what you want.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drupal does seem to fit the bill once I had configured it to my liking. Finding a decent WYSIWYG editor was a bit of a pain.

Have now got Postfix, dovecot and roundcube up and running.

Also registered the baxman.org domain via DynDns.

So now have a permanent Internet presence for an outlay of (including DynDns "Custom", domain registration and the cost of the hardware) around 150.

Not bad.

Maybe LXF would like to do an article on setting up a Pogo based home LAMP server?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyBaxman wrote:


Maybe LXF would like to do an article on setting up a Pogo based home LAMP server?


Are you volunteering Andy?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ram wrote:
AndyBaxman wrote:


Maybe LXF would like to do an article on setting up a Pogo based home LAMP server?


Are you volunteering Andy?


I hadn't really thought about it like that, but I suppose I could do.....

The problem would be that, in order to do screen shots and accurate instructions / descriptions of the tasks involved in setting up and configuring PlugBox Linux I would either have to factory reset my PogoPlug (don't really want to do that now that I have it running sweetly), or buy a new one and USB drive, (Don't want to do that unless someone is willing to take it off my hands as a fully configured LAMP server, though I'd be quite happy to do it "at cost").
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to find one in Currys for 50 today, so I'm going to give Plugbox Linux a go this weekend.

I might look into using it as a mail server or a Subversion repository.
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