I really like Mint and I think it is a natural development to make another version - the Mint Home Server.
There is another thread about using Mint as a thin client server herehttp://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=151&t=13872
This is not my main concern though. What I am first and foremost thinking of is a file/print server. As such, it needs to be able to handle everything that has to do with disks, partitioning, formatting, RAID (yes, a software raid should be possible to set up even if hardware is ABSOLUTELY preferrable), backup, users, groups, permissions etc.
Also, configuring printers, hosting printerdrivers for various platforms etc.
Nedless to say, it has to be totally transparent for both Microsoft and Apple OS'es.
A common addressbook and a common calendar for the whole family would also be something to think about.
Looking ahead in time, I think the network in the house will be the main distribution for media. So it would be nice to have an easy way to share audio feeds and video feeds. Some kind of streaming server working on multicast with a nice GUI. Everything here HAS to have a GUI. I listen to a small selection of internet radios, and it should not be necessary to start two streams and use double bandwith when I can set up the stream on a server and then distribute it locally from there. I would also like to add a capture card to the server so I can distribute a TV signal. Or two... I could then use vlc as a player on each computer in the house.
In the thread mentioned above, it becomes clear that the kernel of a server can be optimized so it gives better performance than a "desktop kernel". So this needs to be done for this version.
My big concern right now is that there are millions of timebombs out there today. People are storing digital pictures, video, audio on laptops and desktops without any thought about crashing harddrives. Linux Mint has an interface that is easy on the eye, easy security updates and good multimedia support. All good things for a server edition like this.
I like a server to have a nice interface as well as a commandline. I like to have the choices. And stripping away all desktop tools in Mint and then add server tools and network tools would make a very interesting server. It must be able to run headless, and to avoid having to develop a html interface for it, just have remote desktop via vnc as a default.
I am not sure if I am right, but is it right that XFCE is more lightweight in terms of resources than Gnome and KDE? If this is the case, it might be the right choice for a server.
What I would not like to see in such a server:
Anything that mean this server wouth act as a gateway for the home network.
I really do not like to have my valuable data on the same physical machine that is the first point of contact for the outside world. There are a lot of other options for doing that job. Smoothwall or pfSense just to mention two.
Later, it might be appropriate to do a small business server with mailserver, LAMP, intranet (web and Wiki), Open Exchange etc.
Unfortunately, I can not put together a distro like this myself. But I have a PC here that is ready to test whatever someone else can put together.
Any thoughts of a project like this? I really like the idea of having a recognizeable interface for all boxes...