[OPEN] ArcoLinuxB as a server?

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vicentemmos
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Hello, everyone!

I have a 2013 MacBook Air that we no longer use for work and day-to-day activity, and so I decided to install Linux in it to use it as a home server. I basically just want to use it as a remote device for saving and storage of files in our external hard disks. I have tried multiple times installing ArcoLinuxB (with just the tty interface) in that machine, which honestly I believe would be the ideal solution, if only I could make it work with ufw and openssh. My major trouble installing any Linux os in that machine is with the network adapter's driver.

After scouring the internet for a reason why on that machine any distro with KDE would always manage to identify and connect to my WiFi, I found out in the Ubuntu forums that the specific driver for that line of MacBooks is packaged in a .deb package, that I downloaded and kept safe for any occasion where I needed to reformat the laptop. I wanted this laptop to be as minimalist as possible, without even a desktop environment; just my storage drives, ssh, ufw, and regular updates. But not even Ubuntu Server would work on it, because (get this) it doesn't come with dpkg package installed!

So I'd have to once again scour the internet to find all dpkg retroactive dependencies, download them singularly, bring them all to the Ubuntu Server distro installed in that laptop, install each of them one by one, just so that I could at the end install dpkg package, and then finally install the network adapter's driver... *or*, I could install Arco Linux B instead, which managed to connect to my WiFi right out of the box! =D so imagine how happy I was to find out that my favorite distro was capable of the insurmountable task of having my 11yo laptop connect to the WiFi on a tty only distro, without having to send me on a wild goose chase! I was so happy about it, the only thing is that I never actually managed to install and configure both OpenSSH and UFW correctly.

I would always end up getting some kind of problem when trying to start the ufw service... I have Linux Lite running on it right now, and it's working fine. I just wish I could have it working on Arco B instead. Is there any know problems on having ufw or openssh work with ArcoB? I didn't have any trouble at all setting up either of those two apps on Linux Lite... it was pretty much plug and play, so to speak. I just followed the Arch Wiki instructions, on both distros.

Any ideas? Am I missing something?
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It is not detailed enough to give you advice and I do not know what questions to ask for.

You probably did check all the possible arch wiki links

Here is one I would check.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/OpenSSH
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vicentemmos wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 2:35 pm Hello, everyone!

I have a 2013 MacBook Air that we no longer use for work and day-to-day activity, and so I decided to install Linux in it to use it as a home server. I basically just want to use it as a remote device for saving and storage of files in our external hard disks. I have tried multiple times installing ArcoLinuxB (with just the tty interface) in that machine, which honestly I believe would be the ideal solution, if only I could make it work with ufw and openssh. My major trouble installing any Linux os in that machine is with the network adapter's driver.

After scouring the internet for a reason why on that machine any distro with KDE would always manage to identify and connect to my WiFi, I found out in the Ubuntu forums that the specific driver for that line of MacBooks is packaged in a .deb package, that I downloaded and kept safe for any occasion where I needed to reformat the laptop. I wanted this laptop to be as minimalist as possible, without even a desktop environment; just my storage drives, ssh, ufw, and regular updates. But not even Ubuntu Server would work on it, because (get this) it doesn't come with dpkg package installed!

So I'd have to once again scour the internet to find all dpkg retroactive dependencies, download them singularly, bring them all to the Ubuntu Server distro installed in that laptop, install each of them one by one, just so that I could at the end install dpkg package, and then finally install the network adapter's driver... *or*, I could install Arco Linux B instead, which managed to connect to my WiFi right out of the box! =D so imagine how happy I was to find out that my favorite distro was capable of the insurmountable task of having my 11yo laptop connect to the WiFi on a tty only distro, without having to send me on a wild goose chase! I was so happy about it, the only thing is that I never actually managed to install and configure both OpenSSH and UFW correctly.

I would always end up getting some kind of problem when trying to start the ufw service... I have Linux Lite running on it right now, and it's working fine. I just wish I could have it working on Arco B instead. Is there any know problems on having ufw or openssh work with ArcoB? I didn't have any trouble at all setting up either of those two apps on Linux Lite... it was pretty much plug and play, so to speak. I just followed the Arch Wiki instructions, on both distros.

Any ideas? Am I missing something?
It's great to hear that you found a solution that worked for you in installing Arco Linux B on your MacBook Air for your home server needs! It sounds like you've put in a lot of effort to customize your setup exactly the way you want it.

Dealing with driver issues can be a real headache, especially on older hardware like the 2013 MacBook Air. It's fortunate that Arco Linux B recognized and connected to your WiFi without much fuss, saving you from the frustration of hunting down individual dependencies.

As for configuring OpenSSH and UFW, it can indeed be a bit tricky, but with some patience and perhaps a bit more digging into documentation or online resources specific to Arco Linux B, I'm sure you'll be able to get them up and running smoothly. Utilizing forums or reaching out to the Arco Linux community might also provide some helpful insights or tips from others who have tackled similar setups.
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