[I am a Linux n00b.] I know that it is POSSIBLE to do this, and from my research, the drawback is just that your system is bogged down from the GUI.
All I want to use my server for is hosting pictures/videos on my home network. It is really just for experimentation. I ALSO want to experiment with the Ubuntu GUI I have, and I have only one machine to do this with.
So my actual question then: Would the GUI bog down the server so much that it's not even worth it? The machine has 1GB RAM and a 1.66Ghz processor.