Luna is an IBM Compatible Clone running on openSUSE Tumbleweed OS. All the software(s) living here are Open Source! Let me tell you about it.

Luna is the last survivor of my old Server farm. I refer to “her” with affection because she has never let me down. And there is nothing “special” about the hardware configuration either. Under “the cover” is an x86-64 Processor that lives on an INTEL main-board. There’s  4 gigabytes of ram, and a 1 TB hard drive. There’s not much to boast about here. Keep in mind though, as a “reference server”, Luna’s “uptime” was over a thousand days before I moved and put her in storage for eight long months.

Now, she plays host to several projects I’ve taken on and for the bandwidth required (not much), luna is more that adequate. The intent of this article is not to brag about the mediocrity of my aging server(s), but rather to offer an example to others who might want to host their own WebSite(s) on their own hardware.

There’s lots of servers on the market, and for this server, openSUSE is the chosen operating system. This is because, for one thing, I don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars upgrading and upgrading and… you know the rest.

But more so than the constant stream of  very expensive commercial options, openSUSE has proven at least to me, (and I’ve been serving websites since 1997) that it is one of the MOST reliable Operating Systems in existence. Before this flavor of Linux was available I used FreeBSD and still use it on select systems.

There are thousands blogs and faq’s on the web documenting every aspect of setting up a server. I still use and contribute to many of them. And I will make a strong attempt to link up to those that I have found most valuable. The one thing to remember, or you may have already noticed, is that there are zillions of ways to accomplish a given task. This is the way I choose to do it.
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