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Hey everyone, so I would like to turn the rig in my sig more or less into a server. I already have a new rig that has most of these parts but things to consider is that is has the i3 2100, H61 mobo, and 8GB of ram. So I have a couple options for operating systems, I have a copy of XP Home kicking around or I could install Linux Mint or Ubuntu. I played around a little bit with mint before and it was pretty nice. Now other than playing around for 20min I really do not have any other experience with it so the easiest options would be the best options.

I would like to be able to work at my main computer and be able to then download a file but instead of downloading it to my main computer I would like to download it to the i3 2100 sever computer. Or move files or copy files from there, I really don't want my work stuff on my main computer if I can help it. So what would be the easiest way to set something like this up?

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Mint with samba installed would be fairly easy. But how would you want to download the files? I mean you could remote desktop into the "server" or have the server just hosting tons of shares and set your downloads location for your browser to the server.
 
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Mint with samba installed would be fairly easy. But how would you want to download the files? I mean you could remote desktop into the "server" or have the server just hosting tons of shares and set your downloads location for your browser to the server.

Simple as possible I guess so if I use a piece of software or a browser and instead of say downloading say workpresentation.avi to say the downloads folder on my computer I can instead just download it to folder I can see under computer by my C and D drive and such. I guess if possible it would be like downloading to dropbox but my own sorta cloud. But! I would like to then be able to view workpresentation.avi I guess streaming over my network seeing as I don't want to download it to my computer.
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Simple as possible I guess so if I use a piece of software or a browser and instead of say downloading say workpresentation.avi to say the downloads folder on my computer I can instead just download it to folder I can see under computer by my C and D drive and such. I guess if possible it would be like downloading to dropbox but my own sorta cloud. But! I would like to then be able to view workpresentation.avi I guess streaming over my network seeing as I don't want to download it to my computer.

Check out this

http://owncloud.org/
 
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interesting but I would have to use owncloud through the internet correct? I am looking for something while yes I could download from the internet I would want to view it through the network vs. my internet connection. How do people normally stream movies and such through their media servers?

I still need to figure out an OS to use at this point. How user friendly has Linux gotten? Am I going to be smashing my face into the keyboard in order to install drivers? Or are will they sorta install themselves like windows update? I figure Ubuntu would make better use of my resources seeing as XP I think would only see what 4GB of ram with 32 bit?
Edited by Peanuts4 - 8/5/13 at 8:05pm
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interesting but I would have to use owncloud through the internet correct? I am looking for something while yes I could download from the internet I would want to view it through the network vs. my internet connection. How do people normally stream movies and such through their media servers?

I still need to figure out an OS to use at this point. How user friendly has Linux gotten? Am I going to be smashing my face into the keyboard in order to install drivers? Or are will they sorta install themselves like windows update? I figure Ubuntu would make better use of my resources seeing as XP I think would only see what 4GB of ram with 32 bit?

Well, what all specific drivers would you need? Network, onboard usb, and video. You are not running a raid and that is really the only problem I have had with it (some RAID card drivers). Also, that cloud solution should have a LAN function to where you can host it locally only. Pretty much all of the drivers just magically work. I have never had driver problems with anything.

Also, for sure run 64 bit, 32 bit would be useless to you. You could run ubuntu server and have a software raid solution as well (super easy to setup)
 
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How about this? http://www.freenas.org/for-home/
Anyone use Free NAS before?

Or would ubuntu / mint with samba do the same thing?
saw this http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/build-networkattached-storage-ubuntu-netbook/
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Never used free NAS, but that second link is basically everything you need to run it in a linux environment.
 
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Never used free NAS, but that second link is basically everything you need to run it in a linux environment.

What would you say the difficulty level on that would be?
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What would you say the difficulty level on that would be?

Honestly for what you are using it for, I would just set up the samba shares and be done with it. No need to overcomplicate anything. Just set up the samba shares, then map the paths as network drives on your windows machine you are going to be using with it.
 
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