I know this gets asked again and again, I am searching but there is a lot to go through.
I am aiming to build a home HTPC/File-media Server. It's built around an AMD Trinity APU that supports virtualization, 160 Gb HDD for OS and a storage drive. Running just PS3MediaServer right now.
Want to build it around Ubuntu, using 12.04 right now. XBMC up front, and VM's running LAMP/PS3MediaServer/Samba possibly administered via WebMin. I know I'm doing things twice and overkilling a lot of stuff, however my goal is as much to learn about the technology as it is provide the server. If it fails it's just media on the drive, critical files will be backed up elsewhere.
Been reading Ubuntu Docs, guides like this http://www.havetheknowhow.com/ and this http://linuxhomeserverguide.com/.
I'd consider myself something of an advanced beginner, comfortable in the console but not by any means a power user.
Which virtualization technology?
- Some guides say KVM, others Xen, others Virtual Box. Buddy who does Remote Desktops and Virtualization for a living says ESX (Not familliar). With a goal of learning how to use VM's as much as end result, it's difficult to decide based on this produces better results and that does something better.
- Every guide says something different. Seeking to understand why rather than just following tutorials. Any suggestions?