[LUNI] WOW Linux Boxes, Events, Etc.
jfleming at anet.com
Mon Mar 11 20:25:01 CST 2002
With the arrival of WOW and other forms of always-on 24x7 Internet
delivered via an Ethernet to homes and offices, it seems likely that more
and more people will want a dual Ethernet Linux Box (a WOW Box)
to bridge their internal LAN to the ISP. WOW even encourages virtual
ISPs to use their transport.
An ideal WOW box needs to be cheap but not that fast. Two old 10 Meg
Ethernet NICs can do the job, or one 10 Meg and one 10/100. Two old
IDE drives can also be used. The larger one is best to be the boot drive
and the smaller one can be used in a Raid 1 configuration to mirror the
/home directory on the larger boot drive. One NIC connects to the ISP
and the other to the home or small office LAN. With SAMBA, the /home
directory can become a RAID file system for the users who share the
home LAN. No monitor or keyboard is required and WEBMIN can be
used to control the device along with PLESK.
Given that, people may be interested in any or all of the following:
Linux WOW Box Construction Party - An evening of fun with other like-minded
people who build and test a WOW Box and connect it to the net and then take
it home and test it.
Linux WOW Box Garage Sale - We are planning on having a garage sale or
flea market to sell all sorts of out-dated parts (cheap) which are ideal for
constructing WOW Boxes. It looks like the weather is clearing and March 30
will be the likely date.
Linux WOW Box Flea Market - This would be larger than a garage sale and
would allow many vendors to pay a small fee for a space. People could then
come and exchange ideas and parts to build WOW Boxes. We have a 32,000
sq. ft. facility near the WOW HQ off Diehl Rd. to hold the event.
Linux WOW House Construction - Yes, imagine houses built (in Naperville)
with the intention of being a WOW House. It can be fully wired with LANs
and web CAMs and be a place where people meet both in person and on
the net. There is at least one in progress :-)
Linux WOW Supermarket - Yes, we are building a new Asia World grocery
store in Naperville, and plan to have all of the parts, CDs and expertise needed
(off the shelf) to build low-cost WOW Boxes. Watch for the Grand Opening
in Iroquois Mall across from the K-Mart which apparently will remain open,
and near Connies Pizza.
If you are interested in any of the above, drop me an e-mail or give me a
call between 9 and 5 at 630-369-5199. We are building WOW boxes and
selling them below parts costs to help people get started with Linux and the
Next Generation Internet. People are also donating old motherboards, NICs,
and processors (love those 90 MHz Pentiums) to the cause. Everyone can
join in the fun, help build the net, help evolve Linux (and Loonix) and enjoy
the coming Spring weather...
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