I am about to buy a Mini-ITX fanless PC in order to use it as my
personal host machine. Apart from the mainboard and some RAM, I will
add a 40GB HD and a DVD/CDRW combo.
My intention is to keep it working 24x7 at some corner of my living
room, and use it as a web server with Apache + Tomcat (or even probably
Tomcat only, at least in the beginning). I may also use it to download
some things with Emule. I will not attach any screen or keyboard to it
(except for the initial setup process, of course) and would always
access it remotely via RealVNC or some other remote console.
My main question is:
- Which is the best Linux distribution for this? I am an advanced
Windows XP user but I have very basic skills on Linux, so I would need
some simple distribution that does not need the kernel to be recompiled
or some other manual installation steps. I would also need some
XWindows interface unless I can run that from my remote client.
- My ADSL router works also as a firewall. Are there any security risks
if I only open the required ports?
- Is there some freeware XWindows client that I can run from Windows
XP, instead of RealVNC, in order to improve the screen refresh speed
when I access it remotely?
Thank you very much. I am new to any Linux newsgroups so I don't know
if crossposting is not nice... if so, I am sorry, but I really don't
know which is the best group to ask this question.