hostd is designed to be run as a background service to rent out unused storage space to peers. This guide will walk you through the process of installing and configuring hostd on a Linux machine. Linux is the recommended operating system for running hostd because of its stability. We recommend using a Debian-based distribution, such as Ubuntu or Debian, but hostd should work on any modern Linux distribution. The setup guides in these docs are primarily focused on installing using apt, but hostd can also be installed as a binary manually or run in a Docker container.