Notice about MineOS CRUX discontinuation
As of mid-July 2013, MineOS CRUX is being discontinued in favor of MineOS Turnkey or other variants such as MineOS-on-Ubuntu/FreeBSD, which will be continued in production. CRUX has run its course as the minimalist, secure distribution but is replaced by the hardened and proven Debian-based Turnkey. CRUX ISOs are available for archival purposes only but support will still be provided for those interested in learning CRUX, rather than using it as a production system.
The upcoming 0.6.x scripts will be distributed via Debian/Ubuntu packages, manual rsync installation, and the MineOS Turnkey ISO.
MineOS CRUX is a specialized distribution with a specific goal: To provide the ultimate server solution for Minecraft and to provide a robust and extendible platform for server mods and related value-added functionality.
MineOS CRUXis a entirely different project than MineOS with the same goals on a different platform. MineOS CRUX is a fully-featured and optimized server distributionthat follows familiar Linux conventions to create a high-powered, intuitive, server configuration.
What does MineOS CRUX offer over other Linux Distributions?
MineOS has always aimed for a very niche audience--this aim has the downside a smaller community than general server solutions, such as Ubuntu Server. On the other hand, it has the upside of having a much more targetted and relevant set of applications and documentation to get it working the way it needs to be.
I do not believe MineOS CRUX is the only server distro you should consider using to host Minecraft--quite the opposite: MineOS simply demonstrates what components make for a solid, stable server; it aims to include all the functionality a Minecraft admin should have while trimming out all the fat.
To provide a one-stop answer to Minecraft hosting, the following features are pre-configured, optimized, and/or available as tools at your disposal. For a full list, see the features page.
- Web-based server admin page
-remotely manage your servers, backups, archives, mapping, and console from your browser
- Improved, incremental world backups
-space-efficient and precise rdiff-backup method using the rsync algorithm
- Single-click updating of the user-interface and server mods (such as vanilla, bukkit, tekkit)
- Safer, more secure implementation/OS
-MineOS follows the close everything, then open-what-you-need methodology.
- Ramdisk setup for better responsiveness
- And an incredibly small memory footprint, leaving your server with the most resources of any distro you'll ever use.
MineOS CRUX uses CRUX Linux. From the CRUX website,
CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. The primary focus of this distribution is keep it simple, which is reflected in a straightforward tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style initscripts, and a relatively small collection of trimmed packages.
Fortunately, I have labored over the installers, scripts and configuration files exhaustively to make MineOS CRUX palatable even to a Linux novice. Those familiar with Linux should be able to embrace MineOS CRUX easily. Why? Because under the hood, it is the same Linux you would get from CRUX Linux, a stable, hardened distribution--with MineOS trimmings on the top.
Technical documentation and instructions are best left to a wiki: MineOS CRUX wiki. Here you will find comprehensive instructions and step-by-step screenshots for every step getting your server up and running!
- Download the MineOS ISO for your architecture: x86 / x64 (~200MB)
- Burn the ISO to a cd/dvd and boot in your machine
Boot the ISO from your favorite virtualization software
- Login at the prompt as 'root'
- Run the installation script 'setup'
- Follow the instructions for partitioning, installing, configuring, then reboot.
- You are ready to create a Minecraft server!
-Instructions are provided at the end of the setup process as well as in the wiki in greater detail.
Your server's webUI page is accessible at: http://<ipaddress>/admin or https://<ipaddress>:443/admin. Both are available, according to your preferences. From there, use the login and password you set during the installer and youre good to go!
Your server works! Go and play!