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Please note: If you are going to run ANY services that can be accessed from the external internet, beyond the confines of your home, please secure your system per Setting up a Server.

Operating systems

You should run Debian, RHEL or CentOS if you want GNU/Linux, or any *BSD that you like.

Ubuntu usually does retarded things with their packages and versions (lib*-ubuntu1.l2), and pulls unstable software from Debian Sid.

Rolling release distros (Arch, Fedora) are not really good for a server, because it's supposed to stay working, and it shouldn't break/change it's behavior on updates.

Gentoo is usually too much trouble to be worth it, but it's ok.

You should also consider a NAS-centric operating system for a home server - FreeBSD-based FreeNAS or NAS4Free are common choices. Both are free software and have simple GUIs to set up your services.

If you have a raspberry pi that you want to be put to use, ArkOS is a stable, Arch based distro for running a home server on a raspberry pi with a Web based GUI. ArkOS main website

Centralized storage

One option is to set it up with NFS (Linux-centric, can be used on windows but it's shit) or samba, so you can watch your chinese cartoons on any device and keep your documents/whatever synchronized.

You may want to consider a RAID array for long-term file storage. RAID is not backup, but will protect your files in case of drive failure. NAS4Free allows you to easily set up RAID arrays using UFS or ZFS.

Remote access

Setting up SSH access enables you to:


Create a tunnel and use it as a proxy for environments that block certain DNS requests or pages and to encrypt your data

Wake on LAN

Turn on a PC on your LAN Arch Wiki guide

Web hosting

Host webpages, use nginx or apache debian nginx guide


You can use a proxy guide


Ziproxy (Opera style web compression, including images)

Media automation


Use a daemon like transmission or deluge

TV Series

You can use a daemon like Sickbeard


You can use a daemon like Couchpotato


You can use a daemon like Headphones


You can use mumble-server (free), ventrilo or teamspeak (non-free)

Setting Up an SSH Server

On Windows

  • Download Cygwin
  • Choose "Install From Internet"
  • Choose a mirror to download from
  • When you get to the "Select Packages" screen, search SSH
  • Choose to install the "Bin" version of the "openssh" package
  • Download all dependencies and wait for setup to complete
  • Open Cygwin and wait for the initial setup to complete
  • Type "ssh-host-config" without the quotes
  • Say yes when you get asked about privilege separation
  • Say yes when asked to create a local user named sshd
  • Say yes when asked to install sshd as a service
  • When you see "CYGWIN=", type "ntsec tty" without the quotes (this guideexplains why)
  • You should be done now setting up the SSH server. To start it, type "net start sshd" without the quotes.

If you see:

The CYGWIN sshd service is starting. 
The CYGWIN sshd service was started successfully.

Then everything went correctly. If not, you should Google the error.


Simply go into sharing permissions and enable fucking everything.

GNU or BSD based systems

1. You usually enable the ssh server during the installation. Do this if possible, it is the simplest way.

2. If you did not setup sshd to auto start you can type:

  • /etc/rc.d sshd start, if you use System V init.
  • systemctl enable sshd.service && systemctl start sshd, if you use systemd.

3. If that does not work, you need to install sshd with your package manager.