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Old 12-24-2004, 09:07 PM   #1
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complex question help needed

Well, let me begin. I am new to linux, i've fooled around with fedora once but i have no idea how to use it properly.

This is my situation: I own my own business and i am making a website. I am using dreamweaver to make it. I will also add a phpbb forum, ecommerce software, and streaming video. I am buying a rackmount computer, and need a location to plug it into the net so the world can access my website. I am also parking 8 or 9 domains all linked to one specific one.

I would like to install linux on the rackmount pc (WHAT VERSION???) also i would like to know what kind of hardware works best with linux, what mb should i buy, should i buy athalon mp's or should i go with pentium xeons? I want this pc to last a very long time and be able to run a few websites off this machine.

once linux is installed how do i go about "posting" my website to my registered domain names?
how do I create an email server?
Where do i put the files in linux so they will be on the net?
how do i make ftp sites?
what am i missing?

I have a bunch of other questions and i know i'm going to run into problems later on down the road, but any and all help will be very appreciated... THANKYOU

Old 12-24-2004, 09:41 PM   #2
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I'd suggest you go out and pick up the appropriate "Dummies" books. Since that's gonna be more than your gonna get out of an online help forum. Especially if you don't know what your doing to start out with.
Old 12-24-2004, 09:51 PM   #3
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First off, if this is really business critical, you should hire a professional, period. That being said, if you want to try it yourself, here are some answers to your questions:

(1) Any version of Linux will work fine. For a server, I like a version that is going to be supported for a long time (read not Fedora). I personally like Debian testing on servers, but Slackware would be a good choice, or even FreeBSD even though it's not Linux. For something very newbie friendly, you might want to invest in or do an FTP install of SuSE professional edition or a RHEL clone like Whitebox. Heck, you might even want to spring for RHEL, if you want support. This comes down to what you feel comfortable with and what your budget is.

(2) Pretty much any mainstream server hardware will work well with Linux. I've run it on both dual Athlon MP and dual Xeon rigs and never had a problem. Dual Opterons make for a sweet set up now. Dual CPUs w/ 1-2 GB of RAM is way more than you need to host 7-8 medium-traffic Web sites. In fact, you don't need any more than that unless you're planning for huge amounts of traffic or your going to be setting up a complicated Web services or CORBA infrastructure, which is not for the uninitiated.

(3) When you install the server, install the Apache, PHP, and MySQL . When you register your domain(s), you'll be given an opportunity to provide authoratative name servers for them. You probably aren't going to be runniung your own DNS, so pick a free service like zoneedit. Simply use it to point to the IP address of your Web server (you do have a static puclic IP address for this, I hope). Then configure name based virtual hosting in Apache to load the correct page based on the request. This is a bit complicated, so Google on name based virtual hosting and read up on it.
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awesome thanks guys. this business is very important and the website will have a crapload of traffic. also part of this experience is to learn linux and web developement myself so i geuss i'll pick up some dummies books or somethign aswell

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yes i think i plan to have a static ip... yes.. i plan on it


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