Wow. I read through that whole thing. Interesting day indeed!
From everything I've heard, I'm wondering if running a modded MC server is more trouble than it's worth.
If that counts as an idiotic thing someone has said about Minecraft, feel free to quote it in this thread
So long as you aren't a complete moron and can follow simple instructions, I doubt there'd be any problems outside paying for said server and/or comparing hardware, the last of which can be easily rectified with some basic Google-fu.