Vista Linux File and Ftp server.
Linux file server on a Vista machine
As stated in the above I would like to create a Linux file server/ftp server (So I can access all my stuff from anywhere of my choosing) to accompany my Vista and XP (and if so possible OSX86) gaming rig. I have observed several and read quite a few guides on accomplishing this but, with only my basic Linux knowledge (Basic in the sense that I have installed it several times, several different versions but never really used it though enough to take this project on by my lonesome.) I come here -to you all -to begin my Linux exploration; One that I have put off for quite some time begin that Linux until now has had nothing to offer me, and that over these years I mainly game and otherwise carry out my exploits within a windows environment. So I beg you all so please be detailed and concise with me and hopefully I’m sure others will gain some help from this…
This is my main machine:
2 x WD Raptors
Crucial Ballastix Tracer 2GB
Duel DVD/CD drives
This is my Linux setup:
X2 4400 @ 2.6
Corsair PC 4000 2GB
2x 500GB WD
(Linux OS still to be chosen)
Connecting these over Lan will be a FIOS connection:
To briefly restate what I would like to accomplish: My main comp goes through many changes at times; from multiple os installations to multiple duel, triple booting. Mainly the idea behind this is to have all my main files for restoring Vista and XP and of course mass storage of all my iso’s, movies and hundreds of programs free from my main system’s hard drive and allowing me to at will be spontaneous with my experimenting and modifications within windows. Simply put I will not be saving, reading or launching mass files from drive’s C and D (Or just C- see bottom) on my main system but, storing (iso’s, movies and a ton of programs on my to be home serve. (I’m giving my main system a huge playground to read and write to).
I would also in addition to this like to be able to reach my Linux file server from other computers e.g. I go to a friend’s house…
Also If it is possible I would like to set all this up on raid giving Linux a 36GB HD for the os and the array will be seen (If I’m correct, if it is anything like windows) as addition storage to Linux and I would also like to easily add harddrives in the near future. I am assuming this will make things a lot easier when it come to setting all this up seeing that I will not have to setup Linux on raid but by simply adding additional raid storage to it… Again if it is anything like windows.
So with my plan stated I ask you all for you input and help. I could do this on my own within windows easily but I see this as a Linux learning experience and you can’t beat the security. And to all- I will be using a GUI...
I have also considered using Opensuse 9 and Ubuntu... Ubuntu's gui is a lot to be desired though, and it seem although I'm not intimidated my using Terminal that Ubuntu is one on the less user friendly as far as getting thing you want setup. Keep in mind all you Ubuntu heads thats I'm comming from a GUI dominated background. lol