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Setting up a Server/Choosing an Operating System

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The most popular choice here is by far any flavour of Linux. BSD is sometimes considered better. MacOS will earn derision from Linux and Windows sysadmins alike. Don't use windows.

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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.