F 1 D 0 -- 2002 01 27 at 14 00 > I'd like to know why you would like > to be a server, or have a server, I'll try. To appreciate *my* position, you have to understand how much of the power of the computer is sucked away by any MSwindows. Windows costs between 100-200 dollars. It is famous, and very slow. Linux is FREE. it is less famous, and runs very fast. Unix can be free. It is Very famous, but only among the technical. Unix and linux both have the famous Start button we have in Windows. They both have word processing, web browsing, telnet, ftp, chat, and a whole suite of things you can do. But there is more. When you fire up a Unix or Linux box, it is all ready, without further mucking, to be a server. So it doesn't just have TELNET (character based terminal window) but it has telnetD (a daemon, a program which serves out telnet sessions to people. A daemon is just a memory resident program providing a service). It doesn't just have FTP (file transfer program, for getting goodies, the old way), but it has ftpD so that you can offer such services too. It doesn't just have Netscape and MSIE, but also has Apache (an HTTP daemon). This makes it possible to serve up web pages right from your computer at home. Does this make the computer slower. A wee bit. Not a lot. As a rule, the processes which run on it are invisible. People like Bryan have made themselves famous by running "shell service" on their computer. Shell? That is like DOS, but for unix and linux. (it connects to the telnetD etc- character based commands and program running services). Something which makes running a home server possible is the cheap fast 24hour high speed connections you can get now. There is no sense to running a server which ties up a phone line. We used to do stuff like that 20 years ago. I helped set one up. In those days, you'd have to dial into a server. No big deal. In fact, such people often ran something called a BBS. A Bulletin Board Service. Jeff Goebel ran one out of his home for years and years. He funded the design of the Punternet, a system for exchange of information between BBSs. In the days before internet, you needed something to connect separate computers. Jeff had one. Joe had one. Jeff had email messages for Joe. Jeff also had some for someone else, and so his message had to be forwarded on to the Next Computer, so that someday the email would find its way to the Someone Else. So around 1am, these computers would stop accepting calls from individuals, so they could do this exchange of groupchat and messages. By running a server, we get to set the rules. For example, Bryan took Qpopper off of his server, so he could use something with more features and better security. But this made it so Mark and I could no longer use Eudora's PopSend feature. So if I were running a server of my very own, I could run QpopperD on it, and see for myself whether I liked it (or not). Even a small computer running a few services has mountains of advantages of a MSwindows computer. Ah, but in spite of those advantages, I'm not doing it yet. That's all I know.