Linux File Server - Newbie looking to make the move from Windows
Ok, I'm making the the leap. I have a strong Windows background, but I've been looking into crossing over into the Linux world.
My reason for looking into Linux is because of utilizing an older Dell Dimensions 4100 I have sitting around. I would like to use this box for a file server with Linux.
I've been looking on the internet and I narrowed it down to two distros (OpenSUSE or Kubuntu). If I am on the wrong path for a distro for a file server, please let me know of a better one.
I believe this box has a PIII 833MHz and it's maxed out with 512MB of RAM. I do have IDE drives, but I would like to use a RAID 1 to have some protection of my data (mostly pictures and videos). Does this computer have the guts required for a Linux file server?
This is where I am stuck. Can I add a PCI SATA controller to use my SATA drives? Do I load the OS on an internal IDE drive and use the SATA drives for storage only (1 drive for storage, the other for a mirror)? Any recomendations for a compatible SATA controller?
I'm also currently running a box with Windows 2003 Server which is my file server and the PDC. This is a more powerful box that I would like to use for a workstation instead of a file server. From what I read, using Linux on an older box that is running all the time is more cost efficient.
Thanks for any assistance.