Bubba Two Revised

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jun 16, 2010 GMT
Dmitri Popov

As you might already know, I'm a huge fan of the Bubba Two Linux-based personal server. This nifty device is the center of my home setup, and it tackles every task I throw at it, from streaming music to backing up files to the cloud. Recently I've been playing with the latest version of Bubba Two which sports two new features: a Wi-Fi interface and a completely revamped front-end software. This may sound like minor improvements, but they do make a huge difference.

Let's start with the front-end. The completely redesigned interface now sports a fresh and streamlined interface which provides instant access to Bubba Two's core applications and services. The built-in applications have been reworked as well. The file manager, for example, features a slick interface that makes it easier to browse and manage files and documents. There is also a new built-in music player that lets you stream music stored on Bubba Two via a Web browser.

The new Bubba Two model also features a wireless interface which supports the 802.11 a, b, g, n protocols. The inclusion of the Wi-Fi card means that Bubba Two can now replace your wireless router. The Network section of the administration interface now includes the Wireless subsection where you can tweak Bubba Two's wireless settings.

Probably the best part is that the new front-end is available as a free upgrade to the current Bubba Two model. So if you already have Bubba Two, you can add the latest front-end goodness by simply performing a software upgrade.

All in all, the latest model is a worthy upgrade to the already excellent server, and if you are in the market for a do-it-all Linux-based personal server, now is the time to take a long hard look at Bubba Two.

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