At some point in the near future I am hoping to put together another home lab (something I haven't done for almost 20 years.) I have a few old desktop PC's that I will be converting over to Linux and attempting to network together via switches (that may or may not eventually lead to an outbound router.)
Actually, at some point I'd like to eventually kick out a box running CentOS and experiment with some private hosting just for learning and amusement. If I go that far, I'll get another line run (DSL, maybe?) to keep things separate from my home network.
But for just starting out, I'm looking for advice on a networking flavor. I'm most familiar with Ubuntu because that is where I started. However, even though Ubuntu does come up while researching the topic, Mint and Arch seem to come up much more often. And that has me wondering if maybe one of those has more advantages when it comes to networking. Any ideas or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
* I realize this is a "removal" site and not a Linux-support forum, but there are some educated and experienced enthusiasts here, so I thought it worth a shot.