I don't have a lot of experience with linux itself and was hoping to learn a LOT here. First off, I have a VERY old computer (about 7 years old? but it has the resources to run xp fine) which I want to convert to a media server. It's connected to my widescreen tv so I decided to watch movies on it. I want to be able to ftp to it and dump movies on it so I can watch on the widescreen. I don't want to install XMBC on it because I want to also use this chance to learn about ubuntu. Commands, installing programs and stuff so it's more than just a media center, i want to learn about linux.
Is it possible to setup something like that for linux? Any guides I can read? I want to try out the "server" edition except I hear it's not very GUI friendly so I might not able to work around that.
Thank you guys!