Well doing some upgrades to the home file server and the networking. I have some options to play with. not sure what ones to do yet. Mainly sitting with the OS decision. Right now its XP pro. was simple to set up and quick. I can continue with XP. I have a server 2003 license. a 120 day trial of home server and a 120 day trial of server 2008 all networking is gigabit. 9 systems pulling music and media from it. all hardwired. wanting to stick with windows so my 2 roomies can do some admin when im not around. not teaching them linux just yet. opinions welcome.