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    Linux or Windows

    Hi All,

    Looking for a bit of advice. I have a lot of experience with ESX/Windows servers but i have as the perfect opportunity to see what linux is capible of.

    I'm setting up a small home server which will be utilised by several windows xp/vista clients. It needs to meet the following requirements:

    - File server local and extenal (over FTP)
    - Media streaming
    - Host VoIP such as TS for gaming
    - Be versitile enough to take on more roles in the future

    The server Will also connected up to a LCD TV so it would be nice if it could run media on the server itself

    Can anyone recommend a linux distribution which is capible of all this and also friendly for a new user to administrate over? Or should i just stick to what i know and stick Windows on it?

    Thanks for any advice.


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    Hello and Welcome to Linuxforums.
    I think you should jump on this opportunity to tinker with Linux, you can go back to Windows at any time, so why not? I think any Distro will be more than capable of doing all the above, it's more a matter of finding out what suits you. Once you find the distro that you like the most then you can go about customizing everything just right.
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    Thanks for your help,

    It seems that both Ubuntu or OpenSuse will meet most of my needs. I'll give the server edition of Ubuntu a try once the hardware arrives.


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