Small NAS or computer with linux

I want to purchase a small, very lower powered computer to install linux.

Or a NAS drive which I can wipe and install linux.

Preferablly want to install Red hat linux, but doesnt really matter
Ikky786Asked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Just about any old Windows computer can be converted to Linux.  Linux doesn't require as much 'power' to run as Windows does, at least for basic operations.  I put Ubuntu on a couple of older computers and it runs fine though not terribly fast.

It depends also on what you want to do with it.
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farzanjCommented:
All you need is CentOS installation with only Open filer.  It will install all dependencies by itself.
http://www.linuxtoday.com/upload/openfiler-is-moving-to-centos-130801134011.html
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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Commented:
Get synology DS412+  or DS413j (4-bay All-in-1 NAS Server) its a Linux based kernel.
http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS412%2B&lang=us
http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/Home
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TintinCommented:
It all depends on what your requirements are.

If you want an ultra low powered device, then you can't beat a raspberry pi, but it does depends on what you are going to use it for.
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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Commented:
Free NAS solutions:
      FreeNAS - http://freenas.org/FreeNAS (BSD based)
      OpenVault - http://blog.openmediavault.org (Debian based)
      OpenFiler - http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7785
                       http://www.openfiler.com/
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
>> very lower powered
How low? 5W / 10W / 15W?
Does it have to be small in size as well?
Do you want to run on batteries?
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Ikky786Author Commented:
low power as possible. can run from electricity.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
>> low power as possible.
So no old PC then.

Do you just want to learn Linux or build a real NAS with it? I didn't get that from your question ;)
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Ikky786Author Commented:
I want to install linux
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
In that case Tintin's suggestion for a RPI would work. Or get a cheap Atom based board with a fanless powersupply - would be around 25-30W, where an RPI would be 5W. Atom based board is more flexible but not as cheap as an RPI. Then again, Redhat on an RPI would not be feasible.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I want to install linux
To do what??
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Ikky786Author Commented:
The Linux machine would be used for browsing , nas machine , word processing etc etc i want to install red hat because I want to get best of both worlds. So I can use it with my tv to browse and download but at the same time learn redhat Linux because I'm planning to get certified
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TintinCommented:
The most popular distro for Raspberry Pi is based on Debian.

However, you can run Redsleeve, which is a CentOS build for ARM.

See http://wiki.redsleeve.org/index.php/Install_Rasperry_Pi
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Based on your last comment (you want to do a lot), I'd not recommend the RPI for this. You want a "very lower powered computer" that can be used for NAS, browsing, text processing and other stuff and learn RHEL at the same time? I just don't think this will work, you have to make some choices here.
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TintinCommented:
A Pi possibly could handle it, but the performance might get very frustrating.

Here's another option:

http://www.evot.biz/products/ecopc-n1a

CentOS hasn't be tested on it, but it has been tested with all recent versions of Fedora.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't think you can get "the best of both worlds".  You've described a full desktop version of Linux, not something for a low power machine.  I suggest you get a used desktop machine and start there.
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My name is MudSystems EngineerCommented:
Had Fedora on a DreamPlug... Named, dhcp, sendmail, clamav, spamassassin, samba, weatherview (WView), zoneminder (4 cameras 320x240@2fps), printserver, NAS, and load of sh*t... have to admit it will crack down every now and then but I think it was because the spamassain was not well installed... there was not much support... now I got a google server!
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