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How to easily host a Minecraft server – MineOS, dedicated OS have became so popular that more and more people are willing to run their own Minecraft server. Although Minecraft team have made it relatively, a very easy turnkey Linux distribution have been developed by William Dizon, called MineOS.

MineOS is a Linux distribution, based on Debian, aimed to create a minimalistic environment with all it takes to host and manage and Minecraft server.

Its latest version, the Turnkey MineOS is provided as an ISO to install on your server (Or virtual server) and already includes:

1) A Web-based server admin page,

2) An improved and incremental world backups,

3) Single-click updating of the user-interface and server mods (such as vanilla, bukkit, etc)

4) Safer, more secure implementation/OS

5) And a small memory footprint.

And here is how to install it on your server:


1) Download the latest ISO:

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2) Burn the ISO on a CDROM or better, on a USB key using Unetbootin.

3) Configure your BIOS to start on the USB or CDROM and install it to hard disk:

Turnkey Minecraft Installation4) You will need to set up the partitioning, either guided or manual if you know what you are doing. The first option with LVM will be good in most of the cases if your server is dedicated to this game. Keep everything as default if any questions

5) Install the system, the grub boot loader and restart the machine.

6) After the reboot, you will be asked to provide a new password for the root account (Server admin account) and the mc account (Minecraft admin account)

Turnkey Minecraft Installation - Password

7) The next step will be if you want to use their Backup system (paid service) on Amazon S3 but their backup system is under free licence GPLv3 and could probably install it yourself too (But better to do it on a different machine to avoid loose both your server and back up). In my case, as I don’t want to use their service, I just leave it blank. (No API)

8) Accept to install security update. The system install daily the security update, but better not to miss any by updating the system right from the installation.

9) and finally you will get the summary of the admin consoles links.

Turnkey Minecraft Installation - SummaryYou can go to the advanced menu to to configure the network if needed (No DHCP?, etc..) or quit the installer.

Now you should can go to the MineOS Web-UI at https://yourIP:8080 to configure your Minecraft server. You can even go to Webmin interface to administrate your server easily.

The login of MineOS Web-UI will mc with the password you have chosen during the installation.

Turnkey Minecraft - Login Turnkey Minecraft - Admin page

And now you can enjoy Minecraft on your own server!

Deluge – Powerful torrent client with fancy web Interface

One of the most enjoyable benefits to have its own server might come from the ease to download any torrents (Especially some free GNU/Linux distribution) through a nice web interface accessible anywhere and then just go home and have your torrents waiting for you.

The 3 most popular torrents clients with Web Interface are Deluge, Rtorrent and Transmission. Let me tell you what are my preferences.

1) Deluge Torrent:


Deluge Torrent is for me the best compromise between a very powerful torrent client (like Rtorrent) and a very simple torrent client (Like Transmission).

Deluge’s performance is very good as I used to seeds 3000+ torrents of Creative Commons content (From Joomla) when I was promoting .ogg files on the platform, with a fancy web interface, good support and yet easy to install and configure.


2) Rtorrent


Rtorrent is for me the most powerful torrent client: Powerful command line interface, can handle 5000+ torrents, with several possible web interfaces as Wtorrent or Rutorrent for my 2 favorites, with multi user support, etc… but can be difficult to install…


3) Transmission Bitorrent is for me the safe one, easy to install quite powerful and good enough (Nice command line interface, good Web UI, …) but a bit too simple with not enough options.


Deluge is basically my favourite client for either Server or Desktop on either Linux, Windows or even Mac and here is how to install it on your server.



As root user (su) type:

and accept the dependencies.

This will install the version at this date on my Debian Stable system.


To improve a bit the security and be more flexible, it’s better to create a dedicated deluge user to run this service and its dedicated log files. Still using root user (su), type:

and create deluge configuration file: (Still in root)

and copy/paste the following configuration:

And save (Using CTRL+X, then Y)

Now, create the Init script to be able to start/stop the daemon easily with the configuration you

and copy/paste:

It will use the port 9092 in this case and thus you will have to open it into your router configuration to allow inbound connection. (Change the line 25 if you want to modify the port)

Then, make this script executable: (Still as root user)

add the script in your boot startup list:

and start it:


You should now have access to your working Deluge Torrent Web User Interface at http://myip:9092

The password will be “deluge”.

At your first login, a pop up will recommend you to change this password, just click Yes to do it.


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