Notebook with 4GB CF card and an external hard drive
I have an HP Pavillion dv9000 notebook that I would like to retire from common use. Instead, I would like to use it as a server for small purposes in my home. I want it to be my answering machine, printer server, community forum (for people to share photos when they are visiting) Firefox bookmark synchroniser, skype phone...and a couple of other small things. I am thinking also of installing firewall software on this computer and then connecting my other devices to this computer. The hard drive is in bad shape but I don't want to put any money into this project. I have a CF card - think 4 GB but might be 8GB - an SATA-cf card adapter and an external hard drive. I would like to install the OS on the CF card and install the apps (as much as possible) on the external hard drive. Is this reasonable? Which distro would be best? i have used Linux for a while but mostly as a user and maintainer, or to install some simple software. Once this computer is set up, it will be left on 24/7 with, most likely, no changes made to it.