I'm building a small scale ISP for 10-15 of my friends with the free, small version of the VectorLinux 4.0 distro. I'm using the following system:
PII 350 MHz
ASUS P2B MB
128 MB RAM
10 GB IBM Deskstar 5400RPM
3com 905C LAN-card
16/16 Mbit Internet connection
I've already build a webserver on a Redhat 9 system, but I think that it was way too slow, even in textmode and thats why i'm starting over with VL40 in textmode to get a better performance. I have some questions I would like to hear your opinion on before I pull the plug on my Redhat 9 Box. So here goes:
1) I have after long research decided on the following software (all in the latest version), but would like to hear your views if something wont work together or with my system. To some programs I have specific questions. The programs I have chosen are:
1.a) Webserver: Apache
This is what everybody uses, and it seems fast and reliable.
1.b) FTP-server: VSFTP
Everybody raves about this one.
1.c) SMTP-server: Postfix
Seems lighter/faster and simpler than Sendmail. I don't need the advanced features that Sendmail provide.
1.d) POP3-server: I cant tell if there is one provided with VL40? If there is, how do I find it, and if there isn't which one should I chose?
1.e) Webmail: Neomail or openwebmail
Neomail looks easier but openwebmail looks better optimized. I'm a bit worried though that running a webmail service will be a bit too much for my system. Does any of you have any views to that point?
1.f) VNC: ???
Will some version of VNC work in text-mode? If that is the case, then which one? Im gonna log in to it mostly via my XP-box but also from other windows computers.
1.g) Network Monitor: ???
I'm not even sure what I need here. But I would like to log in from my XP-box and check the status of my system and if the webpages I'm hosting are running correctly, and see if there is some unusual network activity going on. I could really need some help on this one!
1.h) Other stuff i missed out on: ???
If you can think of some other software that will make my life easier and happier I would love to hear about it.
I don't need top notch security here because the material on the system isn't very secret (mostly personal pages and for Bands). If I follow the guidelines given in the various Apache-HOWTOS I should be reasonably well of. Right?..........Right?
Well that should be all folks, I really hope you have time to help me get started with this wonderful project of making my friends happy and learning more linux at the same time. To give just a tiny, little thing back to the amazing linux-community and this great forum I will write a "Build your own basic ISP with VectorLinux 4.0"-HOWTO, put it on my new webserver and post the link here.
With the highest regards