[CentOS] Central file server advice please

Thu Sep 20 21:58:27 UTC 2007
John Bowden <j-alan at btconnect.com>

Hi List
I have a Gygabyte GA-7N400 PRO2 with a 2.6 mHz Athlon cpu. I want to set up a 
central file storage for 2/3 users using 6/7 machines. A mixture of win2k, XP 
and various Linux distros (my home network). It will be used to store files, 
(docs, music and DVD ) for all of these machines, print server, (two 
ink-jets), mail server and later on  a myth tv set up. Would SAMBA be the 
best option for the file and print serving ?
The mother board has 2 X IDE channels, 2 X IDE channels with raid and 2 X SATA 
raid channels, that's up to 10 hard drive devices. The IDE raid chip is a 
GigaRaid IT8212F chipset. It supports raid 0 or raid 1 and raid 0 + 1 and 
JBOD. The SATA raid is a Silicon Image Sil3512. It supports Raid 0 or 1. 
Would I get better speed performance using the chips to manage the raid or 
using software raid?
Oh and I will be using the CentOS 5 install dvd. Any advice from the list 
would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance, John
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