Ok so a little idea, how would one go about doing this?
So you have a home server box/appliance that is made up of an ATX box with about 10-12 pico-itx PCs inside each one dedicated to a service/solution for a home.
All connected via GB managed switch (inside the box) everything with passive cooling except the box it's self. A pico board will fix in a hard drive space, so cooling design is as per hard drive cooling.
The bonus of doing this is that only a little pico board (5-10W power) needs to be on the whole time.
So you have:
One pico board which holds the website that controls everything else
media servers; one for music, one for video, can WOL the file server for nfs shares
file server; just connect HDD via PCI USB3 on the one pico board,
mail server; but I probably won't. Maybe just use it as a local back up for web mail,
home automation server; arduinos all over the place but if an event occurs they can WOL this board and log/email/sms/phone someone, or this board can be WOL from the central one to get things to happen in the home,
security server; i.e. zonealarm to IP cameras, and something like arduinos at remote locations that can WOL this box if needed,
back up server; basically an host for rsync up to a remote location
"Family Applications" Server; calendar, to-do list, shopping, forum,
Print server; for printing!
I really do like this idea, it could be a product that is bought in pieces, add in more and the home website just updates based on what is added, like modules in Webmin.
A small home version, medium home version, small business version, medium business version, student version (no home automation/security server) etc....
The really beauty is that only the open source community could do all this cheaply (relatively to a commercial version)!
Am I nuts, maybe I should do a poll for that?!?
Add your own ideas or examples of implementing some of this stuff, or just give out to me about how impracticable it all is!!!
P.S. Started here http://www.linuxformat.com/forums/viewt ... p?p=102825
P.P.S One vote on yes => therefore I'm 100% nuts! Please vote!