Where to start - Linux Server
Im not sure if i should have put this in the "newbie" or "servers" section, but here goes.
I would like to make a Linux server. (Bare with me)
The reason, for a project! and if it works i would want it to be used for a web page, torrent tracker and forum hosting.
My question here is, where should i start? I have read a few blogs/tutorials on the net about making a server, need a reliable PC, some form of Linux and and internet connection but they are not very detailed. I would like a good book or web page that describes the details.
Also, i should state that i do not use linux, and it would be my first time.
So im thinking i should get a basic linux book (ive heard the idiots guide is rubbish, any other suggestions?). Then a 'build a linux based server' book. Im a little stumped with all the different distributions of linux, although i would be happy to just stick with one, such as red hat as it seems popular for servers, although ive heard ubuntu is easier to use?
Basically i am looking for information on how to build a linux server, which could be simple and run out of my bed room with my standard internet connection, and could add more computers to it latter with its own net connection to make it a real decent server.
Where should i start?
p.s. I hope i dont come across as a complete moron, i have a lot of computer experience, although its all with windows. I program (although its only in BASIC), and do a lot of hardware mods, overclocking and such.