[CentOS] Can't move to Centos 8

Fri May 15 17:14:46 UTC 2020
David C. Miller <millerdc at fusion.gat.com>

----- Original Message -----
> From: "david" <david at daku.org>
> To: "CentOS mailing list" <centos at centos.org>, centos at centos.org
> Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 1:34:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [CentOS] Can't move to Centos 8

> At 01:25 PM 5/13/2020, James Szinger wrote:
>>On Tue, 12 May 2020 17:42:25 -0700 david <david at daku.org> wrote:
>> > Folks
>> >
>> > I've been trying to convert my systems to Centos 8, seeing the EOL on
>> > the horizon a few years away.  One of my systems is a Mac-Mini, and
>> > support for that has been discontinued.  I'm wondering what the
>> > community suggests among these alternatives:
>>I can't be specific since you didn't say how you're using the
>>Mini. You don't even say if the Mini is PPC, i386, or x86_64.
>> > 1)  Stay with Centos 7 even after EOL hoping market pressures will
>> > add Mac-Mini support
>>My guess is that RH will focus on the server market.
>> > 2)  Spend a few hundred dollars on a small, **quiet** replacement
>> > (ugh)
>>2a) Stay on C7 until EOL (in 4 years).  Then re-evaluate your hardware
>>needs and availablilty.
>> > 3) Convert to the Debian/Ubuntu distro.
>> >
>> > 4) Hope someone figures out a solution.
>>Beware.  This might end up being very fragile.
>>5) Switch to Fedora which has better hardware support and more software.
> Jim
> Sorry that I omitted those details, so...
> Intended use:  Gateway to my in-house network, providing DNS
> (internal only), DHCP, Mail server, and web server, backup storage
> for some systems
> As a web server, the load is low, so large USB-connected disk works just fine.
> As a backup device, I am using ZFS and it works well.
> As a mail server, it's my personal mail primarily, likely running
> sendmail or postfix.
> Mac-mini is an x86_64.
> For use as a gateway, I use the Ethernet connect as a link to a
> gigabyte switch and WiFi access point, and use a usb-connected dongle
> for the ethernet connect to the modem/internet.
> David

You can pickup a refurbished Dell optiplex small form factor PC with 3+Ghz core i5, 8GB RAM, and HDD, shipped for less than $100 on ebay. It even has slots for more half height pci-e cards. This is what I use for my router/NAS at home running CentOS 8 with ZFSonLinux.