New to Nethserver, I would like to to give to the community few observations about the installation to improve the “user experience”.
First, without any optical drive, I’ ve downloaded the Nethserver-install iso and put the disk image on a usb stick ( with DD )
The USB stick boot well, I was able to proceed the install… But one time I`ve got the message that the cdrom://Ks-ks/config file was missing … So, a problem with a Kickstarter script I suppose.
With the cancel option, I proceeded the installation, It was like a installation of a minimal CentOS install, no few and no more.
Second, after configuring all the Nics and proceed the firewall installation and gateway configuration, I wasn’t able to connect anymore to the GUI. It was like there something wrong on the ip conf of the network…
I was able to ping the server only, and I was one the “green” side and the the subnetwork.
After few tentatives to connect to the GUI, I went to the server, connect on the tty with root and simply ping something… And all become right. I was able to connect to the GUI and all was perfectly configured. I can
t explain whats happen. It was like the action wth the GUI made a change but the change was not well activate by the system.
I come from ClearOS, I must said that ClearOS seem to be more well finished/ polished than NethServer, It’s not surprising because COS is much older than Nethserver.
I already choosed Nethserver because it’s a layer on the top of an CentOS installation and it’s community driven.
At this point, I’m well satisfy with NethServer even it lack few things at this date:
- A PPPoe connection, this one must be done with the CentOS way, with the CLI.
- A disk manager, when we have to add a disk, or a bunch of disk…or simply to manage the disk space.
- A support of netatalk, afp and avahi for Mac users
- A real state of the FW configuration because I couldn’t see the default conf of the firewall…I’m able to create new rules but without seeing/ knowing exactly what `s already in use in other words without seeing the default rules…
What I`m still to do:
I want to Install one more 1 TB drive and Netatalk/AFP protocols to make a Time Machine Backup.
I will need help to erase the partition on the drive, create a new LVM group and LVM partition.
Mount this new one in a directory /home/timemachinebackup