In a week or so I'm getting a 2nd computer (an old Celeron 500mhz) and I'm kind of interested setting up a little home network (for the 1st time) so I can learn the basics about Networking.
What do people suggest I do with this 2nd computer and how should I configure the network? I'm interested only in this as an exercise and don't have any real 'needs' as far as networks go, at home.
Off the top of my head, I was thinking that I could turn the 2nd computer into a file server and run Linux on it. Also, I'd like it to be connected to the net and share it's connection with my other computer. Is this sort of thing possible? I know from my experience with Linux (about a year ago) that it's hard for fat32 or NFTS partitions to see Linux ones. Would this be a stumbling block?
I'm kind of keen to get Linux into the networking equation somewhere, but if this is going to be problematic , I could just use Windows Server 2003 , or something.
Any suggestions would be most welcome, as I really am not sure what direction to go with this little experiment.