Minecraft Mac Mini Linux Server
An amazing, educational gift
The Mac Mini is one of the best computers every created for at least one reason beyond the obvious ones: it makes a great Linux server. And what better way to play with a Linux server (as a kid or kid-at-heart) than setting up a custom Minecraft server with Spigot.
Creating a Linux Minecraft server is one of the most fun—most educational—projects anyone can undertake who wants to understand the most important operating system on the planet, Linux. Whether you are a parent who wants to have a project with your kids or a teen who wants to give Linux a try to learn it, or a grandpa setting up the most amazing world for your grandchildren, getting started is very affordable and easy, if you know how to start. By request, here’s how.
[Eventually I will have the full details of how to do this documented here step by step. For now I wanted to get the outline up (for those who have been asking).]
What You Need
- A Mac Mini ($500 new, much less refurbished)
- Ubuntu Linux Server (free)
- Spigot Minecraft Server (free)
- Reasonably fast Internet connection (200 mbps + recommended)
- Ethernet network cable ($10 online, don’t buy at store, way overpriced)
- Internet modem/router with Ethernet cable port that let’s you port forward (most do these days)
- A static IP or willingness to change your domain often
- (optional) A domain name (which you can get free)
Why a Mac Mini?
- It’s cheap
- It’s silent
- It runs super cool without a fan
- It has at least 4GB of RAM (compare to $40/month at Digital Ocean)
- It has a ton of disk for just being a server
- It has a CPU easily fast enough to handle the load (without the GUI)
- It is really small and can fit next to your WiFi router/modem
- You can stack them to make your own clusters