After numerous false starts, I managed to create a Ubuntu home server running Ubuntu Server 14.04.1.
64 bit. I found the YouTube
video by David Goguda
to be an invaluable step-by-step guide for the installation. View it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndAYZ0DJ-U4
Since it is designed for servers, Ubuntu Server requires the administrator to do everything from the command line. As one who is terminal adverse, I added a stripped down Gnome
desktop graphical user interface. I did so by opening the terminal and typing the followingsudo apt-get install xorg gnome-core gnome-system-tools gnome-app-install
With the server, I am able to share files among my Windows, Mac and Linux based computers.
Here are the computer specsLenovo ThinkServer TS140
70A4000HUX i3-4130 3.4GHz Intel Core i3-4130 Processor
(3MB Cache, 3.40GHz)
two sticks 4GB DDR3 1333/UDIMM RAM (2 more slots unused)
1TB WD hard drive
2TB WD hard drive
So far, I have only enabled one of the hard drives. As time goes on, I plan to decommission my HP server running Windows Home Server 2008 in favor of this ThinkServer. For the time being, I'll test the new server's capabilities and my own skill set before I complete the migration.