Thread: FTP Server: Windows XP or Linux
March 22nd, 2012, 02:52 AM #1
FTP Server: Windows XP or Linux
So I have some old parts:
AMD Athlon X2 4050e
2 x 1GB DDR2 800
(and everything else to have it fully functional and running)
Now, I would like to have it as an internet surfing machine as well as hosting some files for me and a few family/friends through FTP. I was thinking of using Windows XP and Filezilla Server, but I am also open to using linux.
I am wondering what are the benefits of using either OS as an FTP server. I Understand that linux has a steep learning curve, I've used it before but not much. I prefer this project be simple, but if the benefits of using linux over windows is strong enough I am willing to try. If you recommend linux, which distro and what program to do FTP, and why?i5-2500k | Cooler Master Hyper 212+ | ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3 | 8GB DDR3 1600 | HIS HD6870 1GB | Seasonic X750 | Rosewill Blackhawk
March 22nd, 2012, 04:23 AM #2
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How well do you know linux, im assuming not very well since you said it has a steep learning curve.
If you want to put the time into it I would suggest Ubuntu desktop. If you want it to be just done and over with Windows with filezilla
March 22nd, 2012, 05:05 AM #3
And then there's DropBox that has free 2gigs of on-line storage space....so you don't have to keep your pc on 24/7.The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
March 22nd, 2012, 02:36 PM #4
Thanks, I assume that a lot of linux distributions will work like any modern OS. I am just not familiar with linux commands and terminology. And I always hear that linux will take more time to do things that if you were to do the equivalent in windows (ie not as user friendly).
But I'll probably stick to windows and filezilla. One day I'll get a linux machine to stay around for a while. I've tried many times, it just never sticks.
Also, I do have dropbox and Box, but both have a 100mb file size limit.
Edit: Looks like the file limit for dropbox is 300mb if uploaded through their site and up to the size of your dropbox account limit if uploaded through the desktop client. Although this will be useful, the account limit isn't big enough for what I'd like to use it for.
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March 26th, 2012, 11:44 AM #5
Like you I have tried Linux for years, and it never stuck, till now.
I do know some Linux commands, but have forgotten more than I remember.
I temporarily loaded Ubuntu 11.10, on my Toshiba Laptop, until I could afford win 7.
That was 2 months ago, and I have no intention of ever loading 7 on this laptop, now.
You don't need DOS, for Windows, and Ubuntu is no different. You don't ever have to use the command line.
I don't know how anybody could learn all the Linux Command line commands, as it has 100s more than DOS, as far as I can see.
It just takes a little time, to get comfortable with the new Linux distros.
I had to use it for a while, and I'm glad I did.
I will still use windows, for Flight Sim, and on some of my computers, but Linux has been de-mistafied, for ever.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
March 26th, 2012, 05:15 PM #6
I have found this too, Stroyal. I have Linux on all my machines though I do have Win7 dual-booted with Arch on the gaming rig for...gaming. But my experience with Ubuntu was needing to do no configuring whatsoever. Kinda refreshing...though I do love playing around in the terminal on my desktop. I run a light-weight desktop environment and use the terminal frequently.
But Ubuntu (and others) are giving Linux a real chance at going mainstream. Powerful desktop environments like KDE and Gnome are really helping this too (and hurting in respect to power users).-Space
March 26th, 2012, 06:50 PM #7
Every one is going to Mint, but I don't see why, but then again, I was never a power user.
Tar balls, just get my hands dirty.
90% or more of the world are not power users.
The new Ubuntu dose everything I want, on my laptop, and I'm tired of the old Linux look.
I've only use KDE desktop, a few times.
And no anti-virus.
And on the few occasions, it locked up, it wasn't really locked up, like Windows.
I only glanced at Arch once, but isn't it all command line?
It's one of the programs, recommended for Raspberry Pi isn't it?Hard Sayin Not Knowin
March 26th, 2012, 08:43 PM #8
It uses the very powerful pacman software package manager. Ubuntu (and other Debian-based distros) use apt-get. For instance a full system update can be run by typing "pacman -Syu"...done! Also...a program like OpenOffice can be installed by typing "pacman -S OpenOffice". Works amazingly to install and delete packages and it even handles all dependencies (need x to install y) too. You can install all your drivers with pacman too.
Arch is 10 years old...but has made a huge leap in the last while due to its rolling-release method. A new ISO is only distributed every 6+ months. This is due to the system being able to completely update itself (1.1 to 1.2 for example) without the need for a huge download or a shutdown...or any bs. Kernel upgrades just need a reboot!
So customizable...and its out of Vancouver Love it. Takes some time to get it configured to your liking...but then you can just sit back.-Space
March 27th, 2012, 09:15 AM #9
I've got a few empty machines, I guess I 'll install it on one, and see what I can see.
Thanks.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
March 27th, 2012, 09:20 AM #10
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Ill tell you why some people are moving away from Ubuntu, the new desktop interface is pure garbage.
March 27th, 2012, 09:29 AM #11
It is different, but I have never used Gnome for long term, so don't have the memory. Although I have used it for years.
It dose seem to have less, controls, but most of the time, I'm in a program, and don't see the desktop. Mostly Firefox.
Need I say you are a power user.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
March 27th, 2012, 02:58 PM #12
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