Andriod: can be an FTP server, a lot of easy to install GUI apps , can not mount ntfs because is not rooted even when you are the root, NO Sound!
Mint: Good multi media upon installation, Few gui apps, good for simple PC with office. If it already has what you want go for it, if not configuration will need scripting.
None of the Linux flavors can work as easy Samba servers because windows doesn’t support the old samba anymore !! However, Android-86 can be a nice FTP server on a above 1024 port like 2020 within a home network that is already protected! by encryption.
Andriod-86 4.3 can be installed as a directory on any partition,
Installation is simple,
you are logged on as root 🙂
but the installation is not rooted!
stick mount is necessary for easy mounting of USB drives
Es file explorer is needed
servers ultimate app lets create a lot of servers that on mint are not that easy and may need scripting
when is not rooted a lot things like access and mounting NTFS drives and all other cool things are not usable.
Its hardware compatibility is much less than Mint and for example sound card may not work.
however, Mint automatically mounts USB devices (even NTFS)
has an easy way of samba installation.
but most of the packages that can easily be installed don’t have gui to start and stop or configure the server. 🙁
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
Download linux Mint then use unetbootin