I've searched through the forum, and I haven't found much in the way of current recommendations for a media server setup ie--what distro works best, raid software, etc.
I have a bit of experience with linux some years ago (and dos, cp/m going WAY back) so I don't need the bloat of a gui; at the same time, I'd rather not spend a ton of time configuring things either. I'm looking for something small, secure that will stream mkvs, mp3s, etc and provide access to documents to a couple of windows 8 machines. I'm thinking of snapraid/mhddfs on ubuntu server at the moment, but I'm open to other options if they offer advantages. I have 2 empty, 3TB drives and a 640GB drive to start the raid, and want to be able to add more as required. I need to look through what I have, but I think I might have a 40GB or 80GB drive for the OS--don't have cpu/motherboard yet--hoping I can get my brother's old system (Asus P5E mb --intel X38 chipset, 6 sata 2 ports-- and e8400 cpu)
Any kind of guide to setting things up that would save me time would also be appreciated.