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Trying to build a Linux server on a stick, what should go on it?

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I'm making a bootable Minecraft server, however I was also hoping to make it double as an HTPC (currently the screen is my 42" LCD) and a file server in the future. Kind of a linux n00b as far as software goes though. I'm definitely comfortable in terminal and vim, but the differences in distros and zillions of software packages I'm still learning.

So what distro should I use (and why), and what packages should go on it?
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Well, the distro really doesn't matter that mch as long as it supports what your doing. However, if this is somethig you want to be sure is running 24/7 I would suggest using CentOS or Debian. Both are very stable, require very little knowledge/effort to admin and would have support for just about anything in the linux world.
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I don't know a whole lot about Linux but all the distros have to be good at something XD Debian seems like a safe bet, I have Ubuntu on my laptop and they're pretty similar afaik. I just need something that's easy to remote access and room to mess around with while using not a whole lot of resources (the server's in my sig; AMD 925 @ 3.2 and 16GB RAM - not like I'm pressed).
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Coolmax 700W Apevia X-Jupiter-Jr Midtower 
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Intel 4670K MSI Z87 AC ITX MSI GTX 760 ITX G.SKILL Sniper Series 2x8GB 
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Samsung 850 Evo Western Digital Caviar Black Stock Intel Heatsink Windows 10 Home 
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LG 25UM57 LG IPS226V-PN LG IPS226V-PN Logitech G910 Orion Spark 
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