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Celebrating over 20 Years! jondowd.com / serveronthewall

Some particulars regarding this computer:
It's a regular 'desktop' computer like one might have at home although this one usually does not have a mouse, monitor or keyboard plugged into it, as it can be administered remotely. A most unusual feature of this computer is that it is not contained in a case or tower like most computers, but the components are arranged on a board and attached to the wall. While this may not be art, it is unusual and fun.
There is now just one small SATA hard drive used by the computer, which contains the operating system, web pages and other saved files. Several web sites, or domains are hosted here. It was built on the cheap!
March 2024 update -
CERTBOT has been employed to enable https for all domains now, so here's an opportunity to bring this update.
Most domains hosted here have fallen by the wayside leaving only jonldowd.com and serveronthewall.com. Owners of other domains may chose to comeback but for new it's just those two.
This machine remains attached to the wall in my home-motorcycle shop. It is runnnig on a small Intel Atom D410PT motherboard which has a 1.66GHz fan-free CPU. There are still 2GB RAM installed but the 1TB SATA hard drive was repurposed and now all of this is on a 256GB SATA drive. The operating system has been
upgraded to Debian GNU/Linux 12 (bookworm).
Update October 2021
Intel D410PT motherboard/Atom® D410 Processor
New 1TB SSD drive and fresh OS, this time... good old Debian.
Debian v11 (Bullseye). Despite Deb and Ian divorcing and later, Ian passing
away, Debian remains the basis for many other distributions, most notably Ubuntu.
Update Jan. 2017 Dell Vostro Mobo / Atom 220 Processor /1TB HDD 2GB RAM Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS LAMP
(Apr '13) Intel Atom 330 - 6x6inches, 15watts
Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard w/ Atom 330 Dual Core Processor
Ubuntu 12.04 server edition LTS (free download)
Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu (free download)
Upgraded the OS to Unbutu version 12.04 LTS and took down the server hosting the rogueimc.org. That site may have been hacked or its aging CMS was just too old to keep running without wild and killing the performance. Besides, no one seemed interested enough to assist in upgrading it, so off it goes while the other sites hosted here get to run in the 21st century. All hail the Atom 330 - What a miraculous little workhorse!
(May '09) Intel Atom 330 - 6x6inches, 15watts
Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard w/ Atom 330 Dual Core Processor
Ubuntu 8.04 server edition LTS (free download)
Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu (free download)
When Intel produced a dual core Atom processor I felt this might offer great promise for the server on the wall in reduced power consumption. What I was surprised to learn is how reliable the combination of this Intel motherboard with the Atom 330 processor coupled with Ubuntu LTS server operating system would be. As of this writing, the server on the wall has 233 days of uptime - a personal best. While the server on the wall is no longer contained in a picture frame, it is still hung on the wall - screwed directly on the OSB board. I liked it so much, there are now two of them, side-by-side. One for the rogueimc.org, and a second one for all my other domains.
Dual Xeon (Apr '08)
Ubuntu 8.04 server edition LTS (free d download)
2 Intel Xeon 2.0GHz Processors SL5Z9 ($21.49)
Dell Precision 650 Motherboard 2x-Xeon Socket 603 ($34.91)
Dell proprietary 460w power supply ($37.45)
1 GB RAM (donated)
A Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu (free download)
The 64bit setup was buggy as heck. Linux and FreeBSD both gave nothing but trouble. I wondered what might be more reliable and then I found the Xeon procs, next I went hunting for something to put them on, which led me to the Dell Precision 650 parts. Ubuntu works (as in 'everything just works') best for me. Even though I really like to fiddle, this system has potential to last years and years. (we'll see ; - )
Yet - Yet another UPGRADE !! (Jan '08)
Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Server Edition
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM Motherboard
Apache/2.2.4 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.3-1ubuntu6 Server
As hardware has became less and less expensive, we decided to upgrade to 64-bit hardware and build a server based on this platform.
Yet another UPGRADE ! (Jun '07)
Ubuntu GNU/Linux 6.06 LTS
Pentium 4, 2.8GHz Processor
Apache/2.0.55 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.1.2 Server
I had a desire to revert back to Linux as I was no longer chummy with the BSD admins I once knew and had more familiarity with Linux. I'd been installing Ubuntu on our charitable distributed computers since the New Orleans Project (computerdropoff.org) so it was our distro of choice for the wall server. We tried it on SparcUltra1s and an Ultra5, a dual-Pentium III but settled on this P4.
FreeBSD Unix version 5.4 replaces Fedora Linux
AMD K6 500MHz Processor has been replaced with an
AMD Athlon 750MHz Processor.
The Gigabyte motherboard is now a GA7ZX
In addition to switching to FreeBSD, a primary motivator for the upgrade is a serendipitously obtained stick of RAM, which brings the total to 768MB
Apache/2.0.55 (FreeBSD) PHP/5.0.5 Server
Details: (Oct '01)
AMD 500MHz processor (eBay - $22).
Gigabyte GA5AX Motherboard (eBay - $14).
256MB RAM ($44)
4MB video card (donated :-)
8x CD-ROM drive (donated :-)
Fedora Core 3 operating system (free download :-)
Apache/2.0.53 (Unix) PHP/4.3.10 Server (free download :-)
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