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Recommend me a version of Linux for a Atom based printer server

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February 9, 2014 3:27:17 PM

I would like to make a WiFi printer server.
What I would like:
Android compatibility
Canon prixma compatibility
Does not need to shut down (like a Linux live environment)
Turns on in 5-15 seconds
Does not need a keyboard and mouse (as my goal is to have power and the printer only)
What version of Linux can you recommend?

Specs:
CPU: Atom D510
Motherboard: Intel D510MO
RAM: 1GB DDR2 667MHz
WiFi: Intel 3945A/B/G
HDD: Hitachi 2.5" 500GB
PSU: SeaSonic 350W
Other: Generic card reader, generic case and a generic 2.5 to 3.5 HDD adapter.

Thank you for your help.
February 9, 2014 4:42:24 PM

I have never done a printer server but I would think Ubuntu Server Edition would be fine.

I don't think a boot time of 15 seconds is realistic with a HDD. Whatever distribution I run, my boot time is usually about 20 seconds with HDD, 8 seconds with SSD, and that is with a faster CPU than your Atom. If boot time is really important, I would recommend an SSD to get into the range you want.
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February 9, 2014 10:24:50 PM

Whatever distribution you choose, you can drastically speed up boot time with custom kernel. Only compile kernel with Support for the hardware in your PC...

Anyway I would recommend debian.

My arch Linux with vanilla kernel boots in 3sec on an sad...
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February 9, 2014 11:26:29 PM

I'm not really clear as to your requirements. A dedicated print server costs abot £20-30, so this would seem to be overkill if you just want to network your printer.

Do you have large volumes of prints from multiple sources that need to be buffered before printing?
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February 10, 2014 2:06:16 AM

In simple:
I have this system already.
I want it to be as fast as possible.
Most importantly, I need it to not need shutting down.
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February 10, 2014 2:49:10 AM

"I want it to be as fast as possible.
Most importantly, I need it to not need shutting down."

A cheap dedicated print server would be the obvious answer:

Always on
Minute power consumption
Absolutely silent
Much faster than a printer can handle
Free up a proper PC for something more interesting
It just works
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February 10, 2014 4:33:10 AM

Ijack said:
"I want it to be as fast as possible.
Most importantly, I need it to not need shutting down."

A cheap dedicated print server would be the obvious answer:

Always on
Minute power consumption
Absolutely silent
Much faster than a printer can handle
Free up a proper PC for something more interesting
It just works


"I would if I could" is what comes to mind. I have absolutely no money to spend on this project.
I've installed elementary OS and hopefully it'll work.
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February 10, 2014 8:49:19 AM

Elementary OS and other Ubuntu distributions are probably the slowest option you could have chosen...

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February 10, 2014 9:38:25 AM

@ganon,

What you need can be done (especially the requirement for "not needing to be powered down"), but not with a standard desktop distribution. You can spend next six months mastering Embedded Linux (starting with compiling your own kernel, building file system etc) before you even approach what you need. And unless you have good knowledde of how Linux works, that's not an easy task.
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February 10, 2014 10:34:12 AM

I have gotten Elementary working as a LAN Drive (Samba) and a printer server for windows. (I have a weird printer - Canon MP492 - which has little support)

The only issue I'm having now is that I have to execute "sudo service smbd restart" every boot for the drive to work. Is there any way to get this to execute automatically without me having to go to terminal and type the commands?
As it defeats the purpose of having only a power cord and USB cable inserted.
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