MEF Proposals/F2007

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See also: MEF Proposals/S2007 and MEF Proposals/W2008

New mirror server(s)


  • The CSClub is running a mirror for Debian and Ubuntu GNU/Linux distributions.
  • Before this, there was no local Debian or Ubuntu mirror. We became a mirror in response to many CSClub members (and non-members) requesting this service.
  • The machine that is running the mirror is under-powered and over-loaded for the task of mirroring, so we would like to replace the machine.

Who will this benefit?

  • This will benefit members of the university interested in Linux and open-source software.
  • We also plan to mirror additional archives as resources permit, so more people will likely benefit from this project.

What will the machine be used for?

  • Mirroring Linux and other software distributions

What exactly are you asking for?

  • 4U Antec case with 550W power supply ($285)
  • Rails (2 x $45 = $90)
  • Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R motherboard ($155)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor ($200)
  • G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB RAM (2 x $200 = $400; 8 GB total)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA2 160GB disk ($65; root disk)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA2 750GB disks (4 x $240 = $960; 3 TB total; mirror disks)
  • Intel PRO/1000 PT Server Gigabit PCI Express network adapter ($90)
  • SATA cables (5 x $4 = $20)
  • 120mm fan ($11)

Total = $2276

We are looking at purchases two of these servers, but we would accept funding for only one.

How would you acknowledge MEF's contribution

  • We would add a notice to the main mirror page indicating that hardware was provided by the Mathematics Endowment Fund, and provide a link to MEF's site.
  • We would attach a MEF sticker to the front/side of the server(s).

Anticipated questions

  • CSCF runs a mirror service (mirror.cs). Why can't people use this?
    • Mirror.cs is not available to off-campus users.
    • The CSClub mirror is already established as an official Ubuntu, Debian, and OpenOffice mirror.
    • We would also like to mirror files/distributions that CSCF doesn't mirror.