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I have a Dell Inspiron 2600 that I don't have use for. Windows on it is painfully slow. I am thinking of installing some Linux distro on it.

I want it mainly as a server or pseudo NAS so that I can access the HDD of the laptop on any computer on the network via My Compouter>Drive. I would also like to be able to download torrents on it but not a must. I prefer no GUI so no precious resources or wasted.

Which OS is best for this?
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You're right in saying Linux. If you've never used Linux before, I suggest either Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
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I've got some background in it (not that strong, but decent nonetheless).

What do you think about installing Debian? Would it fit my needs well?
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If you want to run a server, yes. During the install it will ask you if you want to install any other server software. This software is like; print server, mail server etc. So you can easily get a server up and running with Deb.
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Would I also be able to download torrents on it? I want to use it since it is directly connected to the router and is very fast.
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Yes. I didn't use it for that long but you will be able to install a torrent client. It might be worth noting that Deb. has no GUI installed so everything will be CL...
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post #7 of 13
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Cool, I'm doing an expert install right now (got a video error with the regular install).
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Good luck thumb.gif
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post #9 of 13
VortexBox it's Fedora-based with no GUI, but it does have a web-based interface that you can install Transmission with the push of a button for your torrents.

FYI: You can do anything via SSH since it is Fedora-based.
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post #10 of 13
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, repped.

The install is done and I literally have nothing but a CL. I"m starting to regret installing no GUI. I installed SSH, SQL, File Server, and one more that I can't remember. Didn't tick the graphical environment one though--too late to install or is there a command?

How complicated would it be to make that laptop a hard drive on my rig via My Computer>Drive?
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