Homelab - where to start

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Sep 22, 2022
Shawnee, Kansas, USA
I think this is a question that people run into a lot when starting a home lab and I think the way most of us start is by buying a new computer for ourselves and then using the old one as a server of some sort.

Back in the mid to late 90s (yes I'm old) I had a Compaq Presario (it came with Windows 95 and I upgraded it to Windows 98 and 98SE) and we upgraded to a Dell. I took that old Compaq and installed Mandrake Linux and that's where I started granted it took many years to get where I had actual servers running (I started in 2014 with actual real servers) but from around 98-99 to 2014 I almost always had a computer that I used for running Linux or just some random tool that I wanted to play with.

TLDR; you can start with anything, it just takes some inspiration.