So I want to build a personal file server that acts as a NAS locally and as an upload/download FTP server over the web (for smaller work/school files) Which operating system should I use? I know some Linux distros work great, but I never used Linux so I would need help with that. Windows Server costs a bundle so that's out of the question, and I think I can salvage a Vista code and a 7 upgrade code from an old laptop of mine, so would those work? If so, what kind of security software will I have to have installed?
I'm planning to build the server using some parts from a previous build, of which non are server parts.