Help me turn my mac mini into a home web and file server
February 23, 2008 10:40 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in turning my rarely-used powerpc mac mini into a web/file server. Where are the good guides and resources for doing this?
posted by that girl to computers & internet (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 1.5 GHz Power PC G4 mac mini, with 10.4.10, 512 MB RAM, which I would like to turn into a web and file server, mostly just for me and maybe a few other users. It connects to the Internet at Large via a wireless network, and I want to be able to access it remotely and not have to worry about having the full set of peripherals attached to it.
I mainly want to use it for a web development environment that I have control over and access to. I like putzing around with things and have reasonable patience with mysterious bugs, although not infinite patience. I would be building applications using at least MySQL and PHP, maybe looking into Python and other things if I am sufficiently convinced of their awesomeness. Having it running an FTP server would make it useful for when I don't have ssh access.
So, how do I get this set up, how do I connect to it from within and outside the network (ssh? vnc? etc?), and how do I make it awesome? Are there excessively clear tutorials and documentation that will help me to do this? Packages that make it clear enough for my computer-phobic mother to be able to set up? I tried in the past to install apache/php/mysql, but ran into issues with the php packages out there for macs (maybe even the mac mini in particular). I have gotten these things to work on a variety of Windows machines, but I know it's not the same.