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I'm a real newbie to Linux and little server knowledge.
I have an older Dell 410 server that I thought about turning into a backup box on my home LAN. I want to backup files and also put music that I have so that the ipods are sync'd to one spot (not some on this pc and some on that one - have multiple PC) Also use as a personal FTP for my work files from outside and using it as a downloader for updates etc.
I thought that I would install a small drive (80G)on the IDE controller - should I also RAID the OS drive (I have 2 80's on the shelf)I would install the OS on the 80G and either using a software RAID with 2 750G drives or should I use a hardware RAID.
Suggestions on a distro - thinking that i want a box in the corner that I can remotely log onto and have a good GUI
(I presently use XP, Mac, and SUSE 10(limited use) so there is not keyboard/mouse/monitor hooked up - using Firefox and Asureus - which FTP software would be suggested. Any other considerations or pitfalls that I should look out for.
Linux and RAID:
Grub want boot from RAID - use a small ide drive to hold /boot partition.
Unless you have genuine HW RAID, best to use linux software raid. Raid is good for combining lots of old cheap drives, file servers like RAID5. However, you should investigate LVM, which has some advantages over RAID which may be useful to you.
Linux servers are designed to run headless with no HIDs at all - so you have no worries in that department. Suggest you try a less ambitious setup at first, to get the feel of things. Then make a plan.