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Hi all, I want to setup my own server for our website, obviously using apache and Mysql and sit it on a linux os, my problem is i know very little about linux (which is the reason i want to use it). Can anyone recomend a version of Linux which would suit my purposes and a downlaod site?? Thanks in advance Kevin

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I would highly recommend debian. Its packaging system means you dont have to worry about finding/compiling/configuring/etc applications manually. I setup my debian server with apache/php5/perl, ftp, mail in a couple of hours. Ive done similar on other versions of linux and its taken all day.

Alan

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I'd recommend gentoo. It's certainly not the easiest thing to setup (it comes with a HOWTO document instead of an installer), but it's very flexible, and you are guaranteed to learn something in the process.

It has a great package management system called Portage, that allows you to download, compile and install an application like apache just by typing "emerge apache" in a console. (GUI frontends exist if you like that sort of thing)

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I wouldn't recommend Gentoo if it's your first distro. You'll want to be pretty familiar with Linux before you try to install it. I didn't have any problems with it, and it's definitely the nicest distro I've used, but I could see how someone new to Linux wouldn't have a clue what to do (especially if you run into a problem). I think it's probably best that you go with Debian in this case. Slackware might be confusing at first (not to mention install a lot of stuff you don't need) and Gentoo _requires_ Linux experience.

You might also want to try out Knoppix. It's a Linux distro entirely on one (bootable) CD. That way nothing has to be installed on your harddrive (you can if you want, though) and you can get used to Linux. I definitely would _not_ use it for a server, it's really just an easy way to boot into a safe Linux environment without actually reformatting/repartitioning.

So yeah, you might as well use Debian. Be aware that there are other OSes out there that are good server OSes, like FreeBSD.

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