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Old 01-27-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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Best Distribution for Web Hosting?

Hi!, I am currently thinking of turning my 300MHZ system into a web server, what is the most efficient system to use for this task? (your opinion) I would like it to be stable yet easy to use as well as rock solid. P.S I am a newbie and am running win 2003 on the 300MHZ server right now.
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The honest answer is that it probably doesn't matter all that much. Most distros come with Apache or at least have Apache packages available. If you are looking at using a LAMP set-up (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) then look for a distro that has all of those. Again, most of the major distros will. What will be much more important is what kind of security you establish on this box.

Now that I've said that, if you are looking to use this as a pure server (you're not doing general computing on it) then you probably want to lean towards a distro that runs well from console. Installing X on a pure server is largely a waste of space. And for a console based distro, Slackware is hard to beat.
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ok, people will say slack, yeh ok if your ecperienced with linux but otherwise not much good. I'd say fedora, has a server option during install and also has GUIs avaliable, go for iceWM (small, and you can uninstall X when you get settled with webmin) then install webmin (small)- this is a very powerful app that allows you to manage the box from your browser on any other PC - if you set it that way. This is how I worked my server till I fried the CPU (new one in post) - webmin is also very good for general config work, you can do ANYTHING from there and its a nice GUI too.
Good luck!

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Old 01-27-2005, 11:57 AM   #4
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I'll have to say Debian. It is rock solid and very easy to admin. No need for a graphical user interface on a web server, that's just useless overhead.

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Thanks a lot guys, I'll give your ideas a shot.
Old 01-27-2005, 09:31 PM   #6
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I'd give something like DSL a try, all the production servers I've used ran RHEL but I ran a site on a computer here for like a month on Gentoo and it was pretty easy, I didn't like webmin so I just admined it via ssh


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