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Old 07-06-2004, 07:52 AM   #1
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Linux Web Development Server, What Distro?

Hey all;

Right im looking at installing a linux webserver, Iv posted here many times about this over the last few years but i got the time to do it now.

What i want is:

Linux server with the ablity to:

1) Host web pages (apache, Mysql, PHP)

2) Allow me to FTP to the server (Some random FTP Damon)

3) Allow me ssh / telnet access

4) Allow me access to config via a browser (webmin)

5) an email server for my many domain names, Allowing diffrent emails to go to diffrent accounts etc etc


ok now thats said here is a few more bits of info for you all:

a) The Spec of the computer is:

- Pro: P3 550
- Mem: 512
- NETGEAR wireless network card.

b) i had this all running on SuSe before but if i tried to connect outside of the network it was REALLY SLOW.

c) I have a 256 upstream on my BroadBand connection. This should be fine as i dont want to host anything from it, just want it as more a development server.

Right what i want to know.

I'm not to sure what distro to install. im thinking of slackware or freeBSD?
Also can anyone give me any information on what they think will be the best distro also if anyone has any advice for setting this up PLEASE let me know!!


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Old 07-06-2004, 08:11 AM   #2
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The features you mention tend to be standard in all the major distros. You need to just pick one you like. Slack is as good as any, or mandrake, or...
Old 07-06-2004, 11:04 AM   #3
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I too recommend slackware, it does everything you want and most of it requires very little setting up.

If you do decide on slackware, the link below will tell you how to setup the web server, its very simple and easy to follow. This guys website has been down most of today, but keep checking the link, I'm sure it will come back up shortly.

I'm running slackware 9.1, its running
Phpmyadmin (to administer mysql databases)
Sendmail mail server + pop3

Everthing apart from phpmyadmin and webmin are available within slackware, but these two packages were very very easy 2 install, especially webmin, a 5 minute job.

Old 07-07-2004, 04:06 AM   #4
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Hey thanks people..

Now im thinking maybe slackware or mandrake.

Basicly once the server is up and running im going to do all work using telnet or ssh.

Mandrake might be easyer to configure my wireless lan?


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