I am basically a newb to Linux but I want to learn more about it.

I have an old server that has Win2000 disto on it now that is no longer in production here. I want to convert it to the new FC6 or maybe the Ubuntu version. I know I would like to set up send mail on it, maybe something else later.

One of my friends said this version should recognize my hardware and partition the drives for me. Can anyone point me to a good guide on this or point me in the right direction?

Am in the right Forum for this question?