My current laptop is falling apart, specifically the screen hinges. Once (or ideally before) they break, I'd like to run the machine as a storage device. I strongly prefer using GUIs over CLI.
Any recommendations on a distro/useful tools to install before turning it into a box? Any cautionary tales about running a laptop without a screen?
So far I imagine installing Ubuntu (not Server) and running Remmina to remoting in via VNC/etc.