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I was wandering which linux distro would be best for what I am looking to do.
I am interested in running a private server with Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Python. I am
wanting to try my hand at CGI programming in python.
If you're a newcomer, Ubuntu/Kubuntu. Offers those all, especially if you install from the "Server" disc (or DVD), which offers you LAMP. Of course everything can be configured and installed afterwards too.
No, really. Every single distribution, as long as they are not extremely aimed at something else (i.e. very bloated Windows-clones or firewall-system-boxes etc.) If you pick up virtually any distribution you can make it do what you asked for, usually without too much pain. Ubuntu, as some others, might ease things up a bit, but at the cost of getting some things you don't need. To get best results, you should pick a distribution that lets you choose per-package what to install and only install what you need. Probably this is not the case here, if you're only starting out.