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The GUI isnt highly important, but it would be nice if there was one there. I'm no expert with linux, but I'm not a beginner either, so having the GUI would be good if I was having problems doing something in text mode.
I've got feather and damnsmalllinux, they are both great little distros, but last time I tried a small distro it had a lot of things missing which prevented me from installing other software.
I've got slackware 9, I'll give that a go, and if all works out I'll install slackware 10
I'd also throw in a vote for Slackware - I'm currently running 10.1 with Apache, ProFTPD, Qmail, MySQL, etc and it runs great - when I did the install I opted not to have Gnome or KDE as I manage everything via the terminal. This allowed me to just use the first disk as the second is for the Desktops, etc.
I would go for CentOS 4 without any X Server. I think it runs well on my old Compaq Deskpro 300Mhz (even with GNOME). The security update times are good and I haven't found any RHEL 4 package that doesn't work with it. You also have Apache, DNS, DHCP, Samba, SQL software in as standard.