Originally Posted by engine_builder
I recently received a Dell PowerEdge 2500 server as a gift.
I am looking for a way to allow my parents to dial my home phone from their modem and connect to my internet(dsl) twice a week to check their email. From my searches on google it looks like linux would be my best option. I have tried several distros as home desktops before, but never for anything this involved. I would appreciate any help in finding the distro best suited to this task as well as acting as an FTP server. My parents don't need a remote desktop, they just need internet access. Would ispconfig.org do what I am looking for?
Please, not another "which distro" thread. You're really looking for implementation instructions, not a distro recommendation. I can't think of a distro that won't do what you are asking. So it comes down to what you're comfortable with, not which distro can or cannot perform this task - they all can.
That said, I'm a little confused about your proposed solution. Does this mean that your parents do not
have internet access and you intend to be their ISP - once removed?
If they do have internet access, why not just set up your machine as a mail server and they can check their email whenever they'd like.