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Old 04-10-2006, 03:38 PM   #1
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Best Server Distro


I'm new to Linux, but I decided it would be best to use Linux on an old 100Mhz 40MB of RAM PC that I have. I'm going to turn it into a small server, because I currently have a server running on my main PC, and I would like to move it to a different machine. What distro would be best for the hardware I have? It used to have Win95 on it. I NEED a GUI, webserver, FTP server with user authentication, PHP x.x, and MySQL. Keep in mind that I'm not an expert in Linux, but I am very familiar with computers otherwise.

Edit. I forgot to mention that I have tried NASlite, Damn Small Linux, and Puppy Linux. I wasn't pleased with them for the mostpart. I would be willing to use DSL if someone can point me to a guide to setup the applications I need on it.

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Old 04-10-2006, 05:10 PM   #2
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I always recommend Debian (DSL is based on Debian). If you run a lightweight gui (DSL uses FluxBox), you should be able to do this easily on your machine.

Check out http://aboutdebian.com/ for help. There's loads of info here...
 
Old 04-10-2006, 05:39 PM   #3
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I always recommend Debian (DSL is based on Debian). If you run a lightweight gui (DSL uses FluxBox), you should be able to do this easily on your machine.

Check out http://aboutdebian.com/ for help. There's loads of info here...
Thanks, I'll try that. I've been trying a lot of distros lately, but can't find one that suits me. I'll give Debian a try.
 
Old 04-10-2006, 05:52 PM   #4
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When you install, just be sure to use linux26 at the boot prompt to get a 2.6.8 kernel. Otherwise, you'll get a 2.4 kernel.

Also, I like to install just the base system and then apt-get my way to a nice slim machine. Once you've got it set up and running the way you want, you can figure out what modules and things you need in the kernel. Then you can recompile and it'll really generate a speed increase on an old machine like yours.

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