I have a very similar setup running on FreeBSD 6.1 and a Dell 4300 server and 
it all works a dream. I'm serving 6 websites, have full ssh access, use the 
machine as an ftp server and email server with sendmail.

As long as you are prepared for some reading time to understand how it all 
works, tweeking and playing with configurations, freebsd will be better than 
any Linux dist you will find.

I suggest you tackle it one step at a time. Start off with apache, get it 
working to your liking and then move onto something like the ftp server. 

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From: Nathan Vidican <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 11:22:52 
To:X X <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Subject: Re: will it work?

X X wrote:
> Hello,
> I want to have a home server on my network. I have a
> pc with AMD Athlon xp 2200+ processor, 1gb ddr ram, 2-
> 500gb hard drives, 10/100 lan. I need it to serve
> files to 5 computers. It has to allow remote access
> from outside the network by administrator. It has to
> allow me to serve 2 websites. It has to be a ftp
> server. It needs to work with both windows and macs on
> the network. It has to have the ability to run
> automated backups to either internal hd (like raid
> mirroring) or usb external hd. It will be connected to
> the home network by wired ethernet. It will NOT have
> to dhcp (router does that). Is there a way to set up
> freebsd to work as this type of server? 
> Thank you
>
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The short answer; would be: yes. If your question was to ask how, that's 
where the long answer would come in as FreeBSD alone will not accomplish 
what you are asking for. You'll need several applications to run within 
FreeBSD to accomplish what you're asking, for example: Apache (for 
serving websites), Samba (for internal filesharing to windows), 
rsync/tar/dump/etc for syncing files to a backup drive (depends on how 
you intend to backup - but generally speaking dump rules).

I'd suggest you do some reading ahead of time, spec out what you want to 
accomplish and HOW you would prefer to do it, then ask any further 
questions as you come along. You should also read: 
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/freebsd-questions/ - 
It details HOW to get the best results from emailing this list. Your 
initial email titled 'will it work' is rather vague, and may be skipped 
over by many who could have answered your question.

Good luck, sounds like a decent project to start off learning to run 
FreeBSD with ;)

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