Server OS for Raspberry Pi

Spaceninja

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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?
 

Ocellaris

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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.
 

Ocellaris

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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.
 

Spaceninja

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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.
 

acascianelli

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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.
 

Mega6

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Raspirian is your best bet as mentioned above and apt-get the packages you need.
 

Mega6

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An eligant solution is to run raspi-config and set the default boot to console.
 
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