What? Doesn’t every one run servers at home?
Okay, so maybe not everyone does, but some of us hard-core geeks do. And, some of those hard-core geeks are Lifehackers, too. Thanks to that group of obsessed efficiency geeks, I can bring you a link to the Lifehacker Best Home Server software packages. I can’t say that I’ve really worked with any of these, so I can’t chime in on which is best, but certainly the Lifehackers have done their research and left their comments. If you’ve been thinking about setting up server for the family, this would be a good place to start.
And, if you want to add a DIY firewall, try hitting this article on TechRepublic about setting up a free pfSense firewall. It’s Linux based, but I can’t vouch for it. The author seemed to think a lot of it, though, so I’d be interested in what anyone thinks of it. If you try it, give me a shout and we can talk about doing a guest post/review.