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Originally posted by nr5 Second question, what other software do you think I will be needing foe the server (except for PHP, MySQL, Apache and SSL)?
Well, it all depends on what your going to use the server for. Apparently I see you'll be serving webpages with php and maybe a mysql backend.. everything else is up to you, its not our server, its yours, install anything you see fit and will use on it.
Installing Gentoo is like having hot daggers shoved throgh your brain.
I would however, recommend Gentoo because of it's speed, something that's always important in a webserver. That is, if you can read directions and troubleshoot well enough to get through the installation.
At least give Gentoo a try, all you could lose is some time tried installing it if in the end you fail.
I use redhat 9, why? Because it seemed like a good choice at the time. I plan on moving to a new OS in summer and at the minute my research points to using FreeBSD (the stable version of course). It all depends on your requirements and preferences which only you know
Originally posted by nr5 Im having a hard time making my mind up =)
I dont really know what the difference is between Debian, Gentoo and FreBSD... If I say "speed", "security" and "easy to use" wish one do you then recommend out of these three?
Debian is probably the easiest to use, Gentoo I would say is the quickest if you optimised the compile options correctly and FreeBSD (don't know if you are aware that FreeBSD isn't a linux distro) is probably the most secure assuming you configure it correctly. For me personally security has the highest priority, then speed and then ease of use.
Well look here for a quick introduction, basically it is based on a completetly different kernel, its still based on unix. Anything that will work on linux will probably work on a BSD system. I'm too tired to go into details, just read their site. The documentation is very complete and thorough.