How do I set up a server at home?
January 19, 2006 10:43 PM Subscribe
ServerFilter: How do I set up a server at home?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy to computers & internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have no idea where to start looking, so help me please! I have access to an old Pentium (probably vintage 2000 or so), with a 40gb hard drive with something like 192mb of RAM. It's a Pentium.
I'd like to do one of two things with it:
1) Turn it into our gateway to the internet. The materials I have on hand for that are three recent generation Pentiums (to be connected to it) and a pretty decent 4-port router. The computer itself has two ethernet ports, one on the motherboard and one card, though there seem to be some sort of intermittent conflicts between the card (provided by Shaw Cable) and the motherboard.
2) Simply use it as a file server for music/etc for everyone in my apartment.
1 is preferable to 2 (since 1 includes 2). I have access to a legit Win98 install (the computer isn't powerful enough to support XP), but I'd prefer to use some sort of easy Linux distro to do this.
What do I do? Where do I look? What Linux distros should I look at? (Let's assume, correctly, that I like Linux but tend to get really sketchy around command-line manipulation of...stuff. I was raised on Mac, and really like point-and-click whenever possible).
Ideally, I'd like to also be able to use this computer as a webserver in the future, should any of us decide for some reason that we want a website. or possibly just email or whatever.