Today I am taking my first stab at Linux
Since I just got my nice new laptop (IBM T41p), I really don't have much use for my old desktop anymore. So, I figured I'd try out Linux and see how I like it, something I've been meaning to do for some time now.
After a little reading up on the different distros, I decided on Debian because of the apt package management system. So, here I am trying to set up this old box to serve as a Debian server/desktop.
I will be using DynDNS to point to the server because I have DSL and therefore a dynamic IP (why pay for for a static?) and basically want to use the server for testing different PHP scripts and working with MySQL databases and such. Possibly I might even set up a personal site there.
In addition to this, I want to learn as much as I can about the Linux OS (Debian distribution) so I would also like this box to function as a usable desktop where I can run programs, etc.
Well, I have ran into my first problem already =D
The Debian netinstall disc I burned detected all my hardware fine (I hope) and set up DHCP properly. As for partition, though, it recommends one large partition for everything. I have read in numerous places that this is very insecure for a server, so my question is what would be an appropriate partioning setup that will keep this server secure but also permit it to function as a desktop.
Also (I am not yet sure if this is possible with DynDNS) I would like the server to function as a mail server and web server so I can have an email address to go along with the domain.
Thanks everybody for your help, I am really eager to get started and appreciate any help you have to offer!