Last summer I built myself a Mini ITX Linux workstation - the Blue Penguin. I used it for a few months and it was great, but it was always a little slow for really comfortable, everyday use - because of the slow 2.5" hard disk, I think. Eventually I found a Linux distro (Yoper) which works very well on my laptop, so the Blue Penguin fell out of use. Recently I've been thinking about building myself a file server for my network, and so I decided to use some of the bits from the Blue Penguin to do it. The most important thing with this computer is for it to be silent or very quiet, because it'll be running 24/7 in my bedroom. The ideal mobo for this would be one of the fanless Mini-ITX boards, such as the Epia 500. However, I already had the 800, which comes with a small but fairly noisy fan. So I decided to replace the fan and heatsink that comes with the board with a Zalman ZM-LB47J Northbridge Cooler which fits it perfectly. I also underclocked the processor to 600Mhz with the jumper on the mobo to make sure it runs nice and cool. What else does a file server need? A nice big hard disk. I got myself a Maxtor 200gb disk, and a Nexus Drive-A-Way to keep it quiet. The software I'll be running is called SME Server - based on Red Hat Linux. It supplies a very simple-to-manage file server which can be administered through a web interface. I plugged in all my components and a spare CD-ROM drive and installed the OS, making sure it all works: The case I'll be using is a fairly plain Maplin box, but I rather like the simple, clean looks, and I will be adding a couple of "touches" to make it look a bit more stylish. Here's the components laid out on the chassis: More tomorrow, hopefully!