New littlesvr.ca

By Andrew Smith

For the longest time I’ve been using a tiny piece of hardware to run littlesvr. I loved it. Low power consumption, very unlikely to break due to a hardware failure, and fast enough for anything I wanted to do on it.

But now I want to run MySQL and insert gigabytes worth of rows into a database. So I figured now is a good time to upgrade it, before I start running out of RAM (again) and the 600MHz Geode becomes a bottleneck.

The new box is an Acer Aspire Revo. Physically it’sabout twice bigger in volume than the old Koolu box but it’s still quite small. It has 2GB of much faster RAM, a dual core 1.6GHz Atom CPU, and a 100GB spinning SATA drive.

Overall it’s about twice better than the old one. It does have a fan, but only one. Hopefully it’s not going to fail in the next 2-3 years.

Here it is:

And here it is in my “server room”, sitting on top of the old littlesvr, both currently plugged into a UPS:

No, I’m not running windows. It’s still Slackware, but the newest version (13.37) with all the updates installed. As luck would have it there was a glibc update released just as I was going through the migration, what perfect timing!

In another post I’ll talk about how I did the migration from a data, services, and networking point of view.