Woo hoo!! Installed debian on my new home-built off a usb drive (that was a challenge in itself); everything's cool! In fact I'm writing to you now from Iceweasal on the new server. I know I'd like the server to run headless and I know that involves running xdmcp to allow me to bring up the desktop remotely, say on my windows laptop; and I know I need to share the filesystem(s) on the server, but I could use a hint how to accomplish all that. Meantime I'll keep digging. Thanks!