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What version to download and where is the link to download?

Link to this post 01 Feb 12

I want to turn my computer into a web server, and make my own STMP mail server. Which operating system to install and where is the link to the download site? I have a static IP address. Appreciate all the help.

Mike

Link to this post 02 Feb 12

Almost any Linux distro can be made into a web server. The most common distro for making web servers is Debian and its website is here: http://www.debian.org/ . Just follow the getting started section to download Debian and follow the instructions for installation.

Turning your installation into a webserver, however, is not as simple as installing Linux on your computer. I would advise reading up on debian, the apache network software, mySQL and PHP, which are the most common applications needed to run a webserver. There's also network security that you must apply to a web server, so, reading up on how to secure a web server is also important. The apache software manual should explain that a bit in it's security sections.

Since your also interested in SMTP, you might want to also look at: http://goo.gl/pjwK2 which explains how to set up a mail server.

Once you familarize yourself with the basics, we can help you answer more specific questions.

Link to this post 03 Feb 12

Thanks GoinEasy9 for the reply. I went to Dibian.org to download installation file, and it asks me to choose the right version for my processor architecture: amd64 armelk freebsd-i386 kfreebsd-amd64 i386 ia64 mips mipsel powerpc sparc

My computer processor is Intel Pentium II 233. Which version should I download?

Thanks again.

Mike

Link to this post 03 Feb 12

A pentium II machine is a minimal machine for runnning any Linux distro. Debian will work on that machine, you will use the i386 version. It needs a minimum of 128mb of ram, although 512mb is recommended. The PII machine I have has a 6Gb HD, I hope you have at least that, since, Debian requires a minimum of 5Gb. I don't know all the specs of your machine, so, I'll assume it meets the minimum requirements.

The Installation Manual for Debian with i386 is linked here:
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/index.html.en

Good Luck, and let us know if you have any other questions.

Link to this post 06 Feb 12

Thanks for the information you provided. I check my machine and it only had 64 mb or ram, so that one won't work. I have a slightly newer laptop that is an Intel Pentium III M 1000MHz 532Mhz, with 256 MB of ram. Which version should I use for this machine? And if possible, can I keep the existing Window's operating system along side the Linux?

Link to this post 07 Feb 12

Hey mikecwu

I would still try AntiX first. Even 256mb of ram is small enough to use a minimal distro. It is based on Debian, and, its creator is a very helpful fellow with a friendly community. You might even be able to run a desktop envronment like LXDE if you want to make it look like a shiny feature filled OS.

If you look at this mirror, http://mirror.cs.vt.edu/pub/MEPIS/antix/ , the version you should choose for your hardware is the antiX-M11-486.iso. The AntiX home page is here: http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page#Downloads . Look down the page and you will find the different download mirrors if you feel the one I linked to in Vermont is not close enough to your location.

Now, you didn't tell me how large of a hard disk your present laptop has. In order to keep Windows on the laptop, you will need to have free disk space large enough to hold Linux. My advice is to use Windows defrag twice (yes twice) and then go into the utility in Windows that lets you resize the partitions and see how much room you can free up by doing the resize. You won't know how much spare room you have until you look. Heh, unless you already know.

I've run AntiX on old laptops with 256mb of memory that have 5-6Gb of free hard disk space. But, if you want to do anything other than surf the Internet with it, you might want to have at least 10Gb of free hard disk space.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Let me know also if you decide to dual boot with Windows, so we can make sure you have everything set up correctly before you start. Dual booting with Windows is sometimes a bit tricky, although from what I remember, AntiX sets up the dual boot automatically for you during the install.

Hope this helped.

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