I'm looking for a free operating system to run a data center / file server, where all my devices & computers can connect to it via wifi (WLAN) & over the internet to access files.
I will most likely be streaming media (audio & video) to multiple computers at once, therefore I want something that can manage my home network & something I can access from the outside as well, without any gross security holes..
I'm not very familiar with Linux, but if someone suggest Linux, that's cool, I'm always willing to learn! I don't want to go through hard coding in a root/cmd prompt to get a server to do something, I need software that will help me setup the server / home network.. I want to share my printer & internet from this machine as well, it's going to be a simple small Celeron dual core computer with 1 GB of RAM & 2 TB of Hard Drives (in RAID)..
Is there such an OS out there like this?
asked Feb 24 '11 at 22:20
Since your choice is the best free home server operating system -- with an emphasis on free, then the top three, which are all Linux derivatives, that I can suggest order of preference are:
FreeNAS: The FreeNAS server - http://freenas.org/
Ubuntu Server Edition - http://www.ubuntu.com/server
Debian - http://www.debian.org/
The only other option is Windows Home Server:
Which you can try it out for free:
To buy Windows Home Server, it would cost you about $100
You can have an OS that is:
Pick any two.
answered Feb 24 '11 at 23:05
I agree with the first guy. Windows servers are going to be the best for what you need because in order to set up a linux server it's going to take tons of reading and tons of cmd line config just to get samba and everything you need to work right. I woulnd't go that way unless you wanted to spend a lot of time reading and learning linux. I'm not going to say anything else about that but windows servers " cost MOST people money if you get my drift. " You could also look into a router with NAS built in and use a hardware NAS. If i were you i would look into NAS since you have limited xp on setting up servers. Windows server 08 is the best way you could go server wise, small biz server or windows server 2003 could also be an option for you, you could even run those on vmware or virtualbox to get the hang of them if you don't have an extra box hanging around. If i were you though i would put it on a dual core, with at least 2 gigs of ram. You can do it on a 32 bit and 1 gig but it's not going to perform good.
answered Feb 24 '11 at 23:16