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For a small network home server, using samba, what type of file system for a newbie? Transfer speed and ease of backup seem important. I have learned to backup and restore with partimage.
In looking over postings, it seems that using an entire 300 gb hard drive in the server as Fat32 is not a good idea. Others have suggested NFS, XFS, NTFS, JFS, ext3, perhaps others.
The network has one windows desktop, one laptop on occasion, one ubuntu desktop and the ubuntu server. Any suggestions on a choice, suggested readings, or points I should consider as I work on the decision myself?
I would add that ext3 would be the choice as to the support and longevity for a filesystem. You will find that a journaled system will be a plus when you need to recover.
About that, I will also add that you can painlessly migrate to newer versions. You can mount any ext2 fs as ext3 and start using it. You can also mount any ext3 fs as ext4 (still under development) and start using it. Of course, once you use any ext4 specific feature the filesystem will no longer be mountable as ext3, but this makes the upgrade to newer versions of the filesystem completely transparent.