I am thinking about setting up a Linux based web server and I do not know where to start. All I have right now is a basic Pentium pc with windows 2000 on it now (which I will gladly remove). I want to make this a learning experience more than anything else. What should be my first step? Keep in mind I have a little experience with windows server 2000, but have never dealt with Linux.
What I want to accomplish:
1. A stand-alone web server in my house I can network to from other computers in my house. No connection to the outside world.
2. Linux OS on the server. Easy to install, stable, and little work on my end. I currently, and will in the future, plan to learn more about distro's as I go. This will be a quick get up and go system.
3. The web software. mySQL, email, PHP, plus whatever else you tell me I will need. FYI, in another forum it was suggested I use xampp and I have downloaded this.
Please feel free to point me to any docs on this subject. I am jumping from site to site now trying to absorb as much as possible now.
Thank you in advance for your help.