@Plan9: My final aim is to allow people to log in and access archives of files. I tend to keep a very detailed account of video projects that I have worked on in the past/ folders of movies, etc. I was creating the server to allow them to log in to an account and download it. Eventually I want to set up a way for them to stream files that are to0 large to download.
FTP is an archaic protocol and isn't really much good for anything these days.