Seeking Suggestions/Advice for Media Server Setup
I was unsure which forum to ask this in. Being that the software in question will revolve around samba and apache this forum seemed more appropriate.
I want to become better at administration of linux systems and I learn best by doing. So I am building this side project as a way to improve my skills.
I have an old AMD 64 3200+ box collecting dust and decided to put it to use for this project . It has 2 gigs of DDR RAM and a nVidia GeForce 8800. To maximize the learning potential for this project I will be making this box into both a content server (apache/samba) as well as a media server (xbmc)
Currently I am having issues finding an appropriate distro for the hardware. I have tried both LinxMint and PCLinuxOS (lxde for both) with poor results (nearly 60% cpu usage at idle). I just know I will be straining it once I get all the servers running.
This server will be more or less headless with most of the configuration happening though ssh. However, i can not completely get rid of the gui as I will need it for XBMC. Any suggestions / experience / constructive criticism?