February 14, 2010

Another n00b, distro for file server

Hey all, I'm Sam from one of the far corners of the world.

I'm currently in the process of building a new system and I'm now 100% I will be shifting to some form of Linux distro, basically the computer ill be a media server, streaming to about 3 - 5 locations throughout the house including my xbox 360, although I am still unsure on the CPU/Mobo combination I will be using the system will be running around 6gb of ram and 2TB of storage in RAID array(unsure which exactly at the moment)

For the time being I will be using it as the server as hopefully as well as just a general machine, internet, IM, email office duties perhaps a bit of photo editing and things like that.

One of the most appealing things to be is the level of customization Linux distros offer and although the only experience with it is the Ubuntu liveCD I'm am currently playing around on I really want to get into the whole Linux community as much as possible..

I just want to hear some opinions of recommend distros for my needs, should I be looking at a server platform or will that not be really necessary? Another thing i should mention is that it will also be used to store backup data from mine and my sisters laptops as well. Should I start off with something a little simplier? or look for a more powerful distro and throw myself in the deep end so to speak?

Thanks guys

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