Advantages of a dedicated Linux file server?
At the moment I am running Windows XP on a machine on my LAN and using it primarily as a file server for three other computers. Would there be any significant advantage to running a dedicated linux fileserver on this machine instead? Is there any specific distribution that would be able to best serve in this capacity?
Linux File Server - easy setup
I have used SME 6.01 and found it very easy to set up. Check it out at www.contribs.org.
You may also want to consider Clarkconnect as your first linux server.
If you just want a file server without the need for any access controls (since there are only five of you), you should consider NASLITE at www.serverelements.com.
This single floppy setup can transform an old Pentium 100 box into a pretty decent file server that can hold up to 4 IDE HDD, eg. 4x 120GB HDD.
Try it out and share your experiences.