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I am looking to build a webserver out of spare parts I have laying around my house. I was able to build a P2 400Mhz, 64mb RAM PC100 PC. It also has 3 hard drives. A 6.4GB, 3GB and a 1.7GB. I am trying to install whitebox linux on it. I was curious if these PC will run ok for a webserver.
Currently, I will only have 2 websites on it. One gets about 150 visitors a day and the other is brand new and will be launch in a month or two.
Also, the webserver will be running POSTFIX and be a mail server.
Will this work or should I up the RAM at all? Is the CPU ok for the job?
"Coming in second place on the importance scale is the box. The site runs off of a Pentium 3 600 mHz with 512 megabytes of RAM. The machine runs the latest version of Slackware Linux and has a T1 connection to the Internet."
From the bottom of http://www.slackware.com/about/
For the number of hits you are getting, everything should run perfectly fine. Remember that Apache just processes the requests, which really doesn't take much CPU, it is your internet connection that is the main factor in how fast sites load.
And because you are running 2 websites plus the mail server, I would recommend checking how much RAM is free under a medium load, and if needed upgrade it. A command line install normally takes around 8-10mb (at least mine did).
Well, it looks like you would have enough disk space to install X if you wanted.
What I meant by command line was that you boot to runlevel 3 (which doesn't start X). You could still install X if you feel more at home / comfortable setting things up from there, but for actually running the server just boot to runlevel 3 to save RAM (I'm going out on a limb and assuming you know how to do that).
Personally, I would try to get the ram to 128, maybe 192-256, depending on what I could find and what slots I had free. I'm not real familiar with whitebox linux, but I think that's a RH derivative and probably wants you to install X. I wouldn't waste the space myself, but it's up to you. I'd go with something slim, but relatively easy to use (well, actually, I'd go with Gentoo, but that's a bit over most people's heads) like Debian, or maybe slackware.
Yeah whitebox is similar to RH, and RH updates are suppose to work with whitebox, from what I'm told. Yeah I remember how to change to start in runlevel 3. Thanks for the reminder
RAM I will be updating to 256 hopefully........(check with the wife )........
With that problem I am having would doing something to grub fix it? I had a couple people telling me that could be the problem that grub was not installed. I tried doing a "grub_install /dev/hda" but that didn't work. Would lilo be installed from a fresh install or do I have to download it? Could that fix my problem?