So I picked up a 2nd hand desktop tower from a random in town who didn't want to move  with it across the US[/edit]. She said it had a 500 gb hard drive that'd had the data wiped, and didn't know any of the specs as far as motherboard or processor. Doesn't even have a power cable, but that's cheap enough to pick up for myself. (The rando also gave me an external back-up HD that has another 500 gb, sans power or connecting cables, so we'll see if I can't slide those drives into the case to beef up the storage space.)
I'd like to set it up as a home server; stable location for backing up media files and the like, maybe even make it shareable to friends & family. I'm leaning towards linux as a server OS because my wife uses mac products, and I've stuck with PCs because of the ease of plug-and-play hardware.
I'm sure my first step is going to be powering on and seeing what the bios tells me about system specs, and I have a lap-top hard drive I salvaged from a car crash (my car and laptop, totalled, but the HD still works!) that I can boot from too. From there... I trust to your judgement! I haven't played with Linux at all, but I'm not scared to screw anything up since it was all free anyway. I won't pretend to be a super coder, but I've been on the recieving end of some wisdom from the Malware Removal forum over the years. So I'm not a complete rube, just a noob with Servers and Linux.
Let the games begin! Thanks in advance for anyone's and everyone's input!
Edited by Wafna, 16 November 2016 - 07:18 PM.