Recommendations for 32-bit Linux Server installation

I’m looking at possibly building a 32-bit Linux server that would act mainly as a file server.

More than likely I’d be using a Gigabyte 7N-400 Pro V2 with an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ processor and 3 GB of RAM.

Not sure on the hard drive just yet, but this board does support SATA Raid.

I was considering a 32-bit version of Ubuntu, but would like some additional recommendations from my fellow freaks.


That’s a big system for just a file server.

Usually file servers require little memory and cpu, but lots of bandwith (1Gb network) and disk space (2TB or so).

I recommend FreeNAS, because of its multitude of built in protocols.

FreeNAS is an embedded open source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target) and UPnP.

It supports Software RAID (0,1,5), ZFS, disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T/email monitoring with a WEB configuration interface (from m0n0wall).

FreeNAS can be installed on Compact Flash/USB key, hard drive or booted from LiveCD.

I may look into FreeNAS. Thanks.

It may also function as a media server . . . still not sure.

FreeNAS is a decent recommendation, and ClearOS (free, based on RedHat Linux as opposed to BDS which FreeNAS is) may be an option depending on what you want to accomplish. Try this link ( and you can also use DistroWatch to search for all sorts of things. But a “media server” (streaming??) may be something else.