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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Here i am once again asking for help :yippe:

ok what i want to do IS:

Put together a computer and connect it to my home network. I want it to be out of the way e.g. the loft but i want access to it.

I actually want to run a game server on it so i can remotely conenct and start a Counter-strike source server for example. I was wondering weather i would be better using a standard windows operating system , UNIX\LINUX or something else.

I have no previous experience with linux so...i dont know

If i used windows it would be nice to have a web interface at the ip i have at on my LAN so i can access it that way OR as a last resort id have to use Remote desktop of VNC.

SO what do you guys think if you have any suggestions on what would be the best way to run this that would be great!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A quick google search suggests that the there's counter strike source dedicated server available for linux.

    I have a computer running linux as dedicated server. It's really useful for many things though I have never tried running gaming servers. The main way of "controlling" linux box is via SSH in my opinion the prefer mechanism but it is possible to tunnel an x-windows (GUI like KDE or Gnome, similar to Windows) session over SSH. However, if you are inexperienced with linux you could get bogged down trying to do simple things.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    id like to give it a try as im a quick learner and like to finish the tasks i start.

    What version of linux would you recomend i download (link available?)

    You say you are running a dedicated server? what linux are you running on this and would the one i would run be the same?

    Cheers
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    windows should be fine, i see a lot of ppl say linux is better hosting servers though... if you're not having too many server slots for players (like 12-16 or someth) then u should be fine with either I guess...

    If you're planning to leave the server up you can just set the "rcon" password and connect through any pc you want. Might have to look up rcon commands if you're not familiar with them though!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    linux is better (I prefer debian) but, Windows is probably easier. Just slap XP on the box and use rdp for remote admin. Probably the easiest :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks guys, ill give it a try with either linux or windows (havent decided yet) probably linux then if i cant get the hang of that ill resort to XP. Just got to build up a system now.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It would probably be easier to use Windows if you're more concerned about the actual game playing, he he. If you want to learn something new and think it could be useful then use Linux.

    I sometimes use Linux at Uni, my supervisor is a Linux guru and there's some specialist apps under Linux like LaTex.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeh , id really like to try linux first so ill try "debian" and see what happens there :p
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Matteh wrote:
    Yeh , id really like to try linux first so ill try "debian" and see what happens there :p

    Well you were saying that you want access but dont want access in a way i'd say stick on xp PRO and remote desktop to it...

    (I might nick this whole game server idea as i have got some computer parts around)

    :chin: So you just make a standard computer and put linx on it?
    Is this linux thing hard? and where could you download it:chin:

    Lets see who can build one the fastest matt:wave:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Here's a howto to getting CS Source running under linux:

    http://www.cstrike-planet.com/tutorial/1/5


    And here's where you can get debian:

    ftp://debian.blueyonder.co.uk/pub/debian-iso/3.1_r3/i386/iso-cd
    or
    ftp://debian.blueyonder.co.uk/pub/debian-iso/3.1_r3/i386/iso-dvd

    However you won't get a GUI anywhere, everything will rely on console commands. If you want a distribution which is a little more user friendly, perhaps try Ubuntu, it's derived from debian and is alot more user friendly, but that's not to say the learning curve isn't steep
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    noog wrote:
    However you won't get a GUI anywhere, everything will rely on console commands. If you want a distribution which is a little more user friendly, perhaps try Ubuntu, it's derived from debian and is alot more user friendly, but that's not to say the learning curve isn't steep

    O crapo, the only commands i pick up are from other people and matt:p

    So whats this other user friendly one? and would this "OS" work with other type of servers like HL2?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The only thing different is that ubuntu will have a gui, you'll still be working in the console to install the hl2 server (check bottom right)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    noog wrote:
    The only thing different is that ubuntu will have a gui, you'll still be working in the console to install the hl2 server (check bottom right)

    Hmm okay then ill try that do you think a 40gig would cover it?
    Do you have a link too?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A 5 gig hdd would probably cover it :P

    Here you go : http://www.ubuntu.com/
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    noog wrote:
    A 5 gig hdd would probably cover it :P

    Smallest i got is about a 6
    noog wrote:

    Cheers.:yum:

    I take it, its the server version yeah??

    Edit: Well im downloading a server version so i just install it as normal?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Either version should be fine, It'll install on the desktop version too

    edit: The server version will come with things like webserver and mailserver etc which you may not want though
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Jase you have such a habit of copying my ideas lmao
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Matteh wrote:
    Jase you have such a habit of copying my ideas lmao

    But mines windows now

    ETA: Given up with The non microsoft product and gone back to xP HOME
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why not just run Linux on a virtual machine running Windows?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    That willprobably take a big performance hit if he wants to use it as a dedicated server.

    Maybe I'm being stupid but dont game servers require a lot of bandwidth?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    That willprobably take a big performance hit if he wants to use it as a dedicated server.

    Maybe I'm being stupid but dont game servers require a lot of bandwidth?

    You can get away with running a 4-6 player server on DSL, it's the upstream that fucks you up though. Also latency will be quite an issue, expect average pings of between 50-100.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ermm i dont know what my band thing is actualy but when i started the game serever up the net on that pc was really slow!

    At the moment its got Counter Strike: Source server know any others?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    AvP2 :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    AvP2 :thumb:

    English please
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I assume you were talking about online games to play?

    Alien vs Predator 2. 'mazing game........... Press E to kill marines :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I ment like to play on Steam as a server
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh. Day of Defeat? *shrugs*
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    CoolMe wrote:
    I ment like to play on Steam as a server

    Oooo i was playing TFC last night :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Okay so far we have

    Counter Strike Source

    Half life 2 Death Match

    Gmod + ULX which is f*cked

    Anyone know about ULX the admin command thing
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