----- 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 >>___________ > > > 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.