Makeuseof has a new post about how to create a home server using Ubuntu Linux software with Amahi and an old computer. The author used an old laptop as his new server. This was a follow on to an earlier post at Makeuseof which installed Amahi using Fedora Linux which was the only supported OS for Amahi at the time of the earlier writing - early 2011.
Using an old Laptop (Dell), the author downloaded an Ubuntu ISO and made a bootable usb drive to install the OS. Overall, the article is a nice and thorough run through with plenty of screen shots and exemplary details - for example:
When asked how you’d like to install Ubuntu (either alongside an existing operating system, replacing the existing operating system or custom) choose either replace or custom. As your server will be left to its own devices for most of the time, dual-booting is pointless. I chose to use the whole available 320GB for my server, and for simplicity’s sake created just the one partition. Ubuntu will by default format this partition to EXT4, a Linux-native file system. Don’t worry about this, Amahi loves EXT4.
Head on over there if you are planning to install Ubuntu and Amahi to make a home server using an old computer.