I'm looking to transform my aging laptop (without battery nor audio jack) into a Linux home server. I would like to run temporary game servers on it (for games like GMOD and Terraria), use it as a NAS, and sometimes use Wine to play a few light games that don't have a Linux release yet.
My question being: what distro is secure, has network capabilities, can run wine relatively well, and is beginner friendly? (Customization is also a plus.)
And what do I need to do to keep my pc safe from harm? (I have heard "Linux is safe no matter what" countless times, yet it seems like an antivirus could never hurt, right?)