Setting Up A Server

For quite a while now, I’ve been thinking of setting my own server at home by buying one of those cheap Dell desktops and installing Linux on there.

But I’m unsure about a lot of the stuff. First of all, I don’t know which Linux distro I should pick. It’s between Gentoo, Fedora Core and SuSe. I like SuSe because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and it seems very mature. But I like Gentoo because it seems hard to install (if that makes any sense) and I’ll be able to learn a lot about it. The good thing with Gentoo is that the installation is optimized for your hard drive, so you’re definitely getting the most out of the computer. My fear is that even the most basic of things will take me hours to do in Gentoo.

The server would have 2 hard drives (preferrably 3), one to put the operating system and programs and another to put the data. The OS hard drive would use ext2 or ext3 file system, but the other hard drive would have to be FAT32 or NTFS so that the other Windows systems in the house can access the files on there. But from what I’ve read online, NTFS support in Linux isn’t very mature (you can only read an NTFS drive under Linux). So NTFS is already out of the question. Helas, I hate FAT32. It seems to suck so much more than NTFS.

Why do I need a server at home? For one, it’s very cool to have a server. All the cool kids have servers. Currently, my laptop can be considered a server since it’s running Apache and PHP. But other computers in the house can’t really access it as a server (I wouldn’t really want that anyway). I basically need a home server so I can put all of my songs, pictures, videos and other important data on it and access them from any computer in the house.

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