Server OS for Raspberry Pi

Discussion in 'All non-AMD/Intel CPUs' started by Spaceninja, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. Spaceninja

    Spaceninja [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,837
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    I bought some more Raspberry Pi's to replace a few of my Linux servers with. Mainly for power and space reasons. I have been looking for a trimed down OS like Ubuntu Server but it seems the port doesn't work on the B+ model. Any suggestions for what to use?
     
  2. Ocellaris

    Ocellaris Ginger @le, an alcoholic's best friend.

    Messages:
    19,044
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Just use Raspbian Lite and install whatever packages you need from the terminal.

    Also you need to turn on Flow Control on whatever port the 3 B+ is plugged into or you will have connection issues when moving large amounts of data. Or you can use a USB NIC with the RTL8153 chipset.
     
    juanrga likes this.
  3. Riouken

    Riouken Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    218
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2015
  4. Ocellaris

    Ocellaris Ginger @le, an alcoholic's best friend.

    Messages:
    19,044
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Side note: You won’t get anything over ~20MB/sec transferring data from an external drive over the network connection, they both share a USB 2.0 bus. This works great for my uses however I don’t need fast transfer internally. I can still stream 1080P 60 video from it just fine though.
     
  5. Spaceninja

    Spaceninja [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,837
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Any file transfers will be from the SD card to a NAS on the same switch. The machine that is currenly running is an older A64 and it is slow as all get out. I am going to gut the thing and replace with better hardware, but it will be handling new tasks. I don't have anymore space for another 2u in the rack. I can velcro the Pi somewhere in the rack and call it a day.
     
  6. acascianelli

    acascianelli [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,726
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2004
    You could try one of the BSD's (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD). I don't remember what is/isn't working with OpenBSD on the Pi yet, but I think NetBSD and FreeBSD are both well supported on them.
     
  7. Mega6

    Mega6 Gawd

    Messages:
    1,012
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Raspirian is your best bet as mentioned above and apt-get the packages you need.
     
    drescherjm likes this.
  8. Mazzspeed

    Mazzspeed Gawd

    Messages:
    976
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2017
    Can't you just install Ubuntu MATE and strip out X?
     
  9. Mega6

    Mega6 Gawd

    Messages:
    1,012
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    rasperian has x but so what, just ssh to it. It's pretty light.
     
  10. Mega6

    Mega6 Gawd

    Messages:
    1,012
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    An eligant solution is to run raspi-config and set the default boot to console.
     
  11. acascianelli

    acascianelli [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,726
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2004
  12. PaulTech

    PaulTech [H]Lite

    Messages:
    83
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    acascianelli likes this.
  13. acascianelli

    acascianelli [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,726
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2004
    Thanks, did not know about this variant. Going to kick this around on a spare Pi this week.
     
  14. PaulTech

    PaulTech [H]Lite

    Messages:
    83
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    I do like it, you will have to get used to the concept of 'snaps' (https://tutorials.ubuntu.com/tutorial/basic-snap-usage#0) but they lend themselfs very well to small devices/IoT.

    Give me a PM if you run into any troubles.