I fitted my new SSD to my fileserver yesterday as it was a rainy Sunday afternoon. Oddly enough the new 2.5″-to-3.5″ drive rails I got don’t fit in a floppy bay – well they do but the screw holes won’t line up, so I fitted it in my one remaining hard disk bay.
Anyway I was surprised how quickly I replaced the Ubuntu 9.10 setup with Debian 6.0.3 without losing any functionality. I decided to stick to Squeeze+Backports as Wheezy like on my desktop machine is way too much maintenance for a fileserver – I can’t cope with the “apt-get upgrade” fear! 😉
Speaking of backports, to replace OpenOffice.org with LibreOffice, you need to run this and answer “yes” to the dependency questions:
apt-get -t squeeze-backports install libreoffice libreoffice-gtk``` Anyway the main thing I was worrying about – the printer/scanner was truly plug'n'play – I turned it on to do some scanning and CUPS automatically configured the printer part, and SANE just worked. None of the Epkowa (iscan+pips) Epson proprietary crap required. I encrypted the boot drive using LUKS+LVM so I only need to enter the passphrase once, that seemed a lot easier than when I installed Wheezy and did multiple partitions. I copied across the fstab and /etc/exports and all the various disks mounted and shared over NFS to the Mac seamlessly. I literally rebuilt the fileserver in two hours! Plus now it is all encrypted I can use it as a backup desktop machine for work. Next up was the Mac Mini, currently running Leopard 10.5.8, I decided for £21 I might as well upgrade to Lion 10.7.2 as I already have 2Gb RAM and a Core2Duo, and apparently the new version of [Plex](http://elan.plexapp.com/) doesn't work on 10.5 Luckily I had a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 install in a virtual machine, so I bought Lion via the [App Store](http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/os-x-lion/id444303913?mt=12) (basically iTunes) using that. Wow the App Store is crap – I had to sign in about 6 times, I guess they've not heard of sessions at Apple. I then used [these](http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/08/make-a-bootable-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-installer-from-a-usb-flash-drive/) instructions to create a bootable USB disk to do a fresh install of Lion – all within VirtualBox. I'm actually dual booting Leopard and Lion using [these](http://osxdaily.com/2011/03/12/how-to-install-dual-boot-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-and-10-6-snow-leopard/) instructions. Shrinking the disk so I could add a partition in the free space took the longest, installation was about 25mins. I'm glad I did it actually as although Lion runs fine (except it doesn't like etherwake) the latest Plex 0.9.5.1 is rubbish, so I'm booting Leopard and Plex 0.9.3.4 at the moment.