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ClearOS Home Server....part 2
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In part 1, I discussed the various home server offerings
currently available and a rather superficial critique of each of them.  In part 2, I’ll layout what I’d
like a home server to do in bullet form.  The ideal home server should, in no particular order:

  • Provide a secure resource so that all resources are available within the home network and remotely via a home website.  Goal: you're never a click away from home.
  • Provide
    a central redundant storage medium for server & home computers to
    share and backup files with.  A shared environment should be assumed so
    that linux, windows & mac users have a seamless connection to this
    storage medium.  An auxilliary service should be available to backup
    this central backup to a remote location for redundancy.  Goal: you're resources are available 24/7 from anywhere even if all h*LL breaks loose.
  • Provide gateway services to home client computers including spam filtering, antivirus screening, etc.  Goal: Keep your home safe.
  • Provide
    for a single sign on experience so that when the user logs into his
    computer all files, etc. are immediately available.  This sso would also
    be applicable to the server web interface so that there's only one
    credentialing service that every app uses.  Goal: One login that rules all.
  • Provide
    a secure home website where the user can not only access his files, etc
    but also securely,on a per user basis, share with friends and family. 
    The home website should require minimal back-end administration, where
    the overwhelming majority of content is created & maintained in the
    front-end.  Resources shared could be files, calendars, security camera
    viewing, music, videos, photos, etc.  The web interface will provide a
    consistent but attractive and individualized interface.  Goal: Securely share with friends & family without worrying about uploading content to strangers.
  • The secure home website will expose all content services with a consistent user interface and access restrictions.  Goal: a slick & seamless interface rather than a hodge-podge of different services with their own 'unique' interface.
  • Utilize open-source software where ever possible but create down stream repo's which are individualized for the Home Server.  Goal: Keep the open source community alive and provide for sustainable & stable software.
  • Create dual secure web interfaces for administering the ClearOS server along with a separate home website.  Goal: Separate the functions of the server websites, one for control, the other for content.
  • Provide a DDNS client/server so that the home server is always available. Goal: The user can always go home.

this end, I suggest we use ClearOS for the server
backend/administration and utilize Joomla along with it's many
components/modules/themes/etc for the home website interface.  Using
ClearOS to provide for ldap, samba, gateway services, etc we can utilize
the exisiting infrastructure of ClearOS to provide the backbone of the
home server.  Using Joomla 1.7, JEvents(for calendaring),
JomSocial(personal social network), EasyBlog(personal blog/news) along
with some custom components/modules I've created a demonstration website
which should give you an idea of where I think the ClearOS Home
personal website should aim.  Disclaimer: using Ubuntu @ present for
some development issues but will switch to ClearOS 6 when it gets a
little further along.

The development https://ourhome.ihomelan.net/frames.html">website utilizes
Joomla1.7 more robust acl so that content access has better control. 
I've created four demonstration users with different access levels:

  1. John Q. Friend (user: jqfriend password:jqfriend)
  2. John Q. Clan (user: jqclan password:jqclan)
  3. John Q. Family (user: jqfamily password:jqfamily)
  4. John Q. Private (user:jqprivate password:jqprivate)


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