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We are running Brix Box control servers that connect to a mesh via a Telegesis dongle and live as minions on a SaltStack that have proven unsteady. I have one on my desk that looks to be having a WiFi related kernel panic. We need a stable image on a solid but cost efficient machine that can go to mass production. (All they do is collect data from the mesh then send commands through said mesh and push data to the Master)

System:

  • GB-XM14-1037 Brix Box
    • Chipset: Intel® NM70
    • Proc: 3rd generation Intel® Celeron® 1037U
    • LAN: Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111E)
    • WiFi: AzureWave RTL8188CE
    • Various SSD's (current machine is running an Intel SSDMCEAC060B3)

So my question is this: Does anyone have any advice on setting up a solid control server? We were using Ubuntu Desktop, with TeamViewer, and SaltStack. No other packages or additions.

I think:

  • We should move to Server edition since they run headless anyway
  • Go without TV and rely on SSH exclusively
  • Be sure auto update is not on

I have been advised to:

  • Switch to Red Hat since Ubuntu is "bleeding edge and may not be stable enough for an enterprise system"
  • Obtain drivers for all hardware directly from manufacturer rather than apt-get

My Linux experience:

  • New user that has shared an office with a Linux Guru for 1.7 years (no longer)
  • Worked on physical repairs of robots running a Linux Mint distro and know basic commands and know to read man pages.
  • What I have found while Googling my problems with these servers.

Thank you for your time and I would like to preemptively apologize for any stupid questions due to my ignorance or a basic lapse of Googling.

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