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Old 10-08-2004, 02:54 PM   #1
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Installing a server for the first time

Hi guys

I'm sorry if I appear stupid, but I'm really interested in setting up my own web server.
I need some suggestions from you guys (that have some time for me) on what product you reccomend, what addon packages you suggest on using and so on.
I have an spare machine, AMD 1600xp CPU, 8GB HD on an MSI motherboard. I have Nvidia GeForce2 MX display adapter and 512MB in RAM.

I'm interested in using a forum on my site, so I would some hints on installing MySQL on the server as well.

This is my first time trying this out, I hope someone out there can give me a few hints on how to do this properly.

Old 10-08-2004, 03:09 PM   #2
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The most popular configuration is Apache (I suggest one from the 2.x series), PHP (your forum software is probably in PHP) and MySQL.

Which distribution are you planning to install? If one of the 'easier' ones (Mandrake, RedHat, SuSE etc) all the things you want to install will have a default configuration that works. It will just work out of the box. You'd need to tune it probably (usually Apache, but its configuration file in /etc/httpd or similar directory is heavily commented). All three packages have good documentation. Apache's on, MySQL's on, php's on
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Well, thats a good start. Thanks for your help

Will spend this weekend on trying to set this up. Looking forward to it.
Old 10-08-2004, 09:09 PM   #4
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mild success story for you.

i use RH9 for the first time earlier this year (just about the time FC1 went public) and was able to get apache up and running right off the bat with almost zero problems. only problem i had was some bad html code. once i got that fixed and iptables turned off i was up and serving.

it really is extreemly easy with the RH line of OSs. now im not a huge fan of the FC line, but that is just because the 1 and only time i messed with it i could not get my NIC working on my laptop so i went back to RH9 and have zero hardware problems.

i have also setup a Whitebox 3 server for apache and that is just as easy as RH9 was, due to it really being RHE (red hate enterprise) without all the RH logos so you can get it for free instead of paying RH the rougly $700 for the server OS.

you only need the 1st CD, but if you want to do a full GUI based install, then you will most likely need all 3 CDs.

Whitebox ISO download here

Whitebox home page

if you go with that distro, then you will want to install YUM and configure your yum.conf file as follows


name=White Box Enterprise Linux $releasever - $basearch - Base

name=White Box Enterprise Linux $releasever - $basearch - Released Updates

#name=White Box Enterprise Linux $releasever - $basearch - Unreleased Updates
then you can just run yum install apache and away it will go. same for php and mysql. very fast and effective way to get the server installed. as for confgiuring them and getting their .conf files working 100% the way you want. see the above links.

enjoy and good luck.


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