Linux & Win 98 and the Web !!!!!!!!

I have a pentium Pro machine that run 98. Now I would like to install Linux but I don't know which one. Also I want to know if there enough applications that runs on Linux such as browsers and the rest.
Is it possible to make my machine a Linux web server providing that I have a IP. please explain.
In case I install Linux what happen to my Win 98. Can use it at the same time because I'll still need 98.
I will grade this question to whoever gives all details I such as what Linux ? and why
Where to find it ?
Does it work with Win 98 ?
What is the web server can be found? Is it free?
and so on. I need full details please.

Thanks alot

aja
aja101498Asked:
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Alex_TanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First off, Linux is an OS, not an application running on top on Windoze. Now, to give you the complete answer of how to install Linux and keep your windows partition would take me a heck of a long time but it's probably easier if I point you to documents that already show this well.

go to http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/index.html#howto (or choose a mirror site closer to you) and read some relevant HOWTOs on how to repartition your disk for Linux. the "From DOS/Windows to Linux HOWTO" isn't too bad for this purpose.

An easier way might be to use some third party software like PartitionMagic (at least v.4.0) to repartition your drive and some distributions, now come bundled with a stripped down version of PartitionMagic so you might look into this.

Running a web server would probably mean you need to run and administer Apache. Don't worry. It's not that hard. There's excellent documentation provided with the Apache program itself and if you've managed to install Linux, you should be able to find it. You won't however, be able to run your webserver 24/7 unless Linux is running all the time ...


hmm... if you've never used Linux before, here's an article that might inspire you ... or put you off - it's long but a nice read.
http://www.dreamscape.com/afasoldt/texts/linux071899.html

the rest of your questions:

Linux is free, Apache is free, most of the software that's really useful for the network is free... as to where to find it, here's a couple of pointers:

http://freshmeat.net/
http://www.linuxberg.com/
http://rufus.w3.org/linux/RPM/

(quite a lotta software usually comes with the distribution you buy though)

which distribution? difficult choice. first time Linux users might be better off with OpenLinux as I hear it has a much easier installation ... YMMV. I'd normally recommend Mandrake but it's recently caused problems for me (might be just me, but I dunno).


bottom line -- Linux has a learning curve but once you get into it and realize just how much more stable/reliable it is, you'll love it. don't give up too early/easily.
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aja101498Author Commented:
How about Redhat or SUSE ?
Partitioning my disk that means loosing the existing data but adding separate drive without partioning , could this be a solution ?
Thanks again
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SpringACommented:
You could repartition your drive using PartitionMagic 4.0 and not loose any of your existing data.  I did that on my system and everythings runs smooth.
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aja101498Author Commented:
How about this question please ?
How about Redhat or SUSE ?
Thanks
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ASpringCommented:
I personally use Redhat.  I haven't had any problems w/ it  and have used it for the past six months.  The install was ez and the configuration is even easier...
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aja101498Author Commented:
ASpring,

Where to find PartitionMagic 4.0 and are you sure it won't destroy my data.
What is the version u used ?

Thanks
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No1Commented:
version I mean for RedHat.
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No1Commented:
version I mean for RedHat.
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No1Commented:
Sorry version you mean Readhat or what ?
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No1Commented:
Sorry version you mean Readhat or what ?
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aja101498Author Commented:
Is  PartitionMagic 4.0 free ? I coudn't find any evaluation version anywhere
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