I have a Dell Server on which I've been running Microsoft Server 2008, I want to turn it into a simple home server for file sharing and media streaming. I'm fairly new to Linux, but understand a lot.
I want to know which would be the easiest for a noob to install and get up and running.
I have two hard drives, a 250Gb and a 1Tb, I'll be installing the OS on the 250Gb drive and don't mind loosing the rest of the space if necessary, as I'll be using the 1Tb drive for file storage. The other two computers on my network are running Windows Vista and I plan on keeping it that way (at least for now).
I'm leaning toward Desktop as it will have a GUI, and make things a little more familiar for me...then I just have to load additional 'apps' to get the full server functionality right?
Which is the best OS version (or what do I need to make sure I'm running) to make this machine discoverable and compatible with the Windows machines?