Friday, 28 June 2013
Posted by Gary Newell |  at 00:34 8 comments
I was listening to the Linux Action Show series 27 episode 6 today and there was a short section about a website called Instant Server.
Basically you visit the site, click create and you get access to a fully fledged Ubuntu 64-bit server.
There is of course a catch. You get 35 minutes to use this server and basically it is headless which means that any immediate uses I could think of were negated.
To try out Instant Server go to the site by clicking on the link and click the "Get a free server" link.
You are given a username and password and a link to open a terminal.
Click the open terminal link and you are in.
The idea of the instant server seems like a fun one and then the obvious thought goes through your head. (well it did mine).
What can you use this for? It certainly has a good download speed but that isn't much use because it downloads to a server that will disappear within 35 minutes.
Then I thought about viewing webpages that are blocked by default at my place of work. The problem of course is the lack of X so we are now looking for a browser that works without X.
Installed by default is a text based browser called W3M and as you can see by the picture to the left it works.
This means that I can finally read those articles on LXER that get blocked at work and that I'm too tired to read at the end of the day.
This is all well and good of course if the article is mainly text based. Images provide other issues.
Another option is to download movies from youtube and maybe play them back in MPlayer. I haven't tried this yet but fully intend to.
I like the idea of internal server but I cannot think of enough uses and this is where I am after your help. What can you do with a headless server in 35 minutes?
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