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Old 08-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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I'm a noob with goals ... What's the best path to achieve them?


Good Morning,

My long term goal is to setup a server that I can host a few games off of (Minecraft, StarForge, etc...). Also, I want to use the server as a home server so that I can access my music, files and, pictures through multiple devices. I come from a Windows background but I hear a lot of good things about Linux.

Where should I start? I've got 2 laptops and will be getting a tower from a friend to use for the server ultimately.

I appreciate the help! Thanks!
-TacticalHMX
 
Old 08-15-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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You could start with a server distro, such as: Ubuntu Server. Then google for how to set it up for each task. And ask in the Server forum here at LQ, if you get into difficulties. Do a bit of distrohopping (trying different all-purpose distros) on one or both of your laptops, 'til you find one that suits you.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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Most people don't know this but about every item you know in Windows has a similar way in Linux. You don't need to relearn, you just need the new names and options.


Distros (distributions) are many and have targeted audiences. In truth almost every one can do what the others can except some specialized ones.

I tend to agree that a version dedicated to server may be a good choice but a distro that you like or find easy to use or more easily supports your hardware may also be a consideration.

Some distro's don't separate distro's as such. OpenSuse or the RedHat clones (Centros/Scientific) allow you to sort of select it's use at install time.

Distro's like Gentoo allow you to super configure your server or workstation to the very finest degree.

I suspect if you pick any of the top 20 at distrowatch, you'd be OK. Try not to change distro's too much as each has ways unique that you'll have to learn.

Personally I am a fan of Opensuse so I might suggest it. One could design what they want at SuseStudio even.
 
Old 08-16-2013, 05:16 AM   #4
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Home server can probably built based on Windows or Linux. Your way to your final dicision should start with the question, which services the machine should run. There are some special occasions where only Windows or Linux (or even another OS) is suitable, but most services can be provided by Windows and Linux servers. (And I uderstood you want to use Linux)

If you have special services in mind already, you want to have a look which Linux distros are needed by those services, e.g. if there are supported binary packages of your game servers available for the Linux flavor you looked at. Usually it's possible to get the source and make a software run on almost any version of Linux, but as you are a starter I'd go for maintained package. So if you want to run some game servers have a look which distros are supported out of the box and use a distro which suits most/all needs.

File sharing, DLNA etc services are pretty common and can be set up on almost every common distro.

Ubuntu might be an easy entry distro, but I call it the Linux-Vista version.
RHEL and the likes (CentOS, SL, Oracle, Fedora...) are usually my first choice, but that's personal preference.
Debian and Debian-based distros are as well to be considered (I know Ubuntu goes in the category as well, but...)
 
Old 08-16-2013, 04:33 PM   #5
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Good Morning,

My long term goal is to setup a server that I can host a few games off of (Minecraft, StarForge, etc...). Also, I want to use the server as a home server so that I can access my music, files and, pictures through multiple devices. I come from a Windows background but I hear a lot of good things about Linux.
I personally prefer Slackware. Not that difficult to learn & use as a Server, Desktop or laptop. Look in my sig for additional helpful links.

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Where should I start? I've got 2 laptops and will be getting a tower from a friend to use for the server ultimately.

I appreciate the help! Thanks!
-TacticalHMX
These links should help you to get started independent of the distribution selected.
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Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding;



1 Linux Documentation Project
2 Rute Tutorial & Exposition
3 Linux Command Guide
4 Bash Beginners Guide
5 Bash Reference Manual
6 Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
7 Linux Newbie Admin Guide
8 LinuxSelfHelp
9 Utimate Linux Newbie Guide

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
Hope this helps!
 
Old 08-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #6
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You might first research what you want to put on there, and see what others have done.

Theres many excellent "how to build a minecraft server" guides out there. That will be a key thing for you, as some game servers want specific packages and install methods, and probably have hit and figured out all the headaches you will run into.

File servers are a dime a dozen, and will run fine under just about any distro.

You mention music, are you looking to stream or just store and retrieve? Big difference there. I cant make any recommendations for streaming software, but you might look into that first as well, then see what distros it works under best.
 
  


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