Build It: A Home Linux Server@ 2004/09/16
Linux continues to gain ground in the enterprise server space, with IBM, Sun and HP as its champions. Linux has proven its mettle driving big iron, but it's equally well-suited and versatile enough to power your home server.
For just under $550, you can build a very capable server with gobs of storage and enough processing horsepower to pull multiple duties serving up a printer queue, web pages, SAMBA, and more. And, if you've got some old parts to scavenge, and are working within a tight budget, you can still put together a solid server for under $400. Or, if you've got an old box you're looking to put out to pasture, it can be turned into a serviceable home server with a few spot upgrades.
While any one of these paths will get you a working server, let's start with our recipe for a new server, and then compare it with the other alternatives, so you can make the right choice for your needs.