Selecting Linux Distro for SO/HO server. Please advise. Important but NOT urgent.
Posted on 2003-10-31
This question is not urgent but I would appreciate as complete a solution as I can get.
Here are my software requirements:
Diald or equivalent
My essential functional goals for the distro are:
1) One diald driven gateway for everyone to use
2) A strong firewall to protect everyone
3) Samba to interact with the Windows boxes in my home
4) Print server (maybe this is more Samba???)
Extra 5) As an optional goal, I'm playing with Apache/Ruby/MySQL so that could go on a workstation or server; whatever makes setup easier.
Extra 6) Game server (JKx, NWN, etc) for my kids & me to do LanParties :-)
Also, it would be helpful if the above all came installed by the distro as the default.
I'm making good progress understanding all the details of Linux. I am still struggling with the whole IP and networking thing. I have no desire to set up a domain in my home. I'll always be using dial-up. I tried using Mandrake 9.0 installation but am struggling to pull all the pieces together. Would prefer something that is pre-configured for this kind-of server-duty, one that can do some hand-holding.
My machine is a 650Mhz Compaq w/ 20Gb and 10/100 NIC.