Add Slackware Server to Home Network
My first Linux project was Debian v2, then Red Hat v6, SuSE, and now Slackware. With the exceptions of CollegeLinux and SkoleLinux they all ended with a black screen, a blinking cursor, and not a clue as what to do next. I am still trying to replace my windos desktops with Linux and have spent hours reading posts on the Internet.
I have a cable modem and router/switch on a simple windos home network, sharing file, printer, and Internet. I want to experiment with a Slackware v11 server. It would share files (data and backups) and a printer, but not Internet. I used Xampp to setup a "virtual" web host on a win2k computer so I could edit and view web pages (WebSiteBaker) before I publish them to my web site. I understand Slackware comes with Apache, PHP, MySql, Samba, SSH and other software I can use to setup a network web host to replace the win2k one. Also, I like to pop my email accounts to save emails locally for reference.
Question: (finally) What is the best method to use to get the server to pop the email and allow me to access the mail from another computer on my home network?
I am using Thunderbird now but how do I read the mail from another computer? Do I need a web mail program, or just use VNC? SSH?
I have saved a dozen "How To" links to configure the software mentioned above, but I am just not clear on how a client would use an app on the (my) server. Any input would be appreciated!