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Ubuntu Home Server (UHS) will be an edition of the Ubuntu operating system which allows users to administer their home network. With Ubuntu Home Server you will be able to store all your music, songs and pictures in one central location, to access your files over the internet and to backup all the computers in your house.
The goal is to have a working release available with the upcoming Gutsy Gibbon release of Ubuntu (or perhaps Gutsy+1 at the latest).
The project was recently launched. Presently the specifications are under heavy development and work on several components has begun.
Key Features & Extra Features & Specifications
(click on the title to access the detailed page for each feature)
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Click here for the Draft Project Specification
* Headless Control
The remote access control system will allow users to easily administer their server from anywhere. Normal operation of the server will not require a mouse, keyboard, or display.
* Low Minimum System Requirements
The UHS edition should be installable on everything from a Mini-ITX based shoebox to the latest and greatest jumbo machine. The system should scale gracefully to the available hardware.
* Simple Storage Space Management
It will be easy to add new disk space to a UHS machine.
* Scalable Architecture
Enable development of modules that can be easily added or removed from the home server as development continues and user needs change.
* Cross-Platform Client Support
Native support for Windows, Linux and Macintosh (OSX) client computers
* File/Data Server: Storage for (document, photo, music, & video files)
A UHS machine will act as the giant store for a home's media. Users will be able to easily browse through the media on the server and transfer to their client computer. (Question: Would a database server play a role? -neognat)
Users will be easily able to set up their Windows, Linux and Mac PCs to backup to their USH machine. Users will be able to browse their backed up files and selectively restore them to each machine. It will be possible to choose to backup folders with duplicate copies on different physical devices. Common files such as OS and application binaries should be automatically identified and only a single copy actually stored on the home server, resulting in significant disk space savings. This should be transparent to the user.
* Printer Server
A UHS machine will make it easy to share printers to any computer on the network. The UHS should also be configured to store printer drivers.
* Network Functions
Should the home server include a firewall, network address translation (NAT), and other network functions? (user concerns expressed)
* Remote Access from Internet
Users will be able to access their stored documents and media through the web. A web base client will make selection and transfer to and from the server easy.
* Parental Control
Users will be able to use their UHS machine as a parental control device to control access to the world wide web or to the data stored on the UHS.
* Streaming services
The UHS server will be able to stream media across the network to client computers, uPNP ,itunes,... .
* TV Server
A centralized method of tv scheduling and recording would give a major advantage over MS WHS / MCE. Probably MythTV back end would be the way to go here.
* Groupware Server
As many home-brew home servers do already, include email servers and with the number of PDAs/laptops/PCs that all have to be synchronized at a central point within the home server's control. And also enables chatting between house members
* Data to Go
Make data available on the go for working while travelling.
* More features
If you would like to see more features beyond this core set please describe them in the forum.