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Cheap UPS and GNU/Linux?

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libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

I really want to get an UPS. We sometimes have quite annoying blackouts here, some lasting only a second and some lasting for hours. There were two such one-second blackouts last morning.

Not only is it unhealthy for the file system and to a point even hardware, but it can heavily disrupt normal work, and sometimes even plans. I usually have my computer turned on all the time for a few reasons, one being that it acts as a router of internet connection to my sisters' comp.

So I'm wondering if anyone can recommend good, cheap UPS and also say if there are any special requirements for it to work well with GNU/Linux. I never owned one so I don't really know.

I've been looking at some cheaper APC UPSs which apparently keep things on for at least 10 minutes after a blackout after which it "gracefully" turns the computer off (instead of just cutting power). I suppose that it needs some sort of a driver to do this through. What's the situation for that?


a thing's picture
Joined: 2005-12-20
check what it can handle

Be sure the UPS can handle your PC AND monitor (unless you only want it for staying through those tiny outages).

You shouldn't need any software for an UPS. It should be able to work with any kind of electronic device.

AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18
I have thought about a UPS,

I have thought about a UPS, but never looked properly into it. This should be interesting!

Sager on IRC says that is why he uses laptops for his servers, cause they have a built in UPS [the bettery].

kode's picture
Joined: 2006-04-19

I currently run multiple APC units with my servers. One of the machines monitors the devices via the USB interface provided using APCUPSd.

1) Install apcupsd and configure as needed (good docs in the package)
2) Plug in the UPS to the USB, make sure your machine sees the device using lsusb
3) Make sure apcusbd sees the device properly

Not really a whole lot to it.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Thanks a lot for great

Thanks a lot for great advice guys. I'll take it all into consideration when I'll be buying and let you know what I went with and how it went. Smiling

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