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Setting up personal linux server

I lack the basic knowledge of what to do in order to set up my own server.  I know of a few free linux OS's out there such as CentOS and Fedora but not sure which one would be most suitable to host my own web site.  Here are a few questions I have.

1) What OS would be most suitable to host my own website as well as being able to FTP through my server directly?
2) Can someone please refer to me to several tutorials that may help me 'step through' the installation process
3)The machine I have set aside is 550Mhz, 256 MB Ram, and 30 GB of storage space. Will my processor or memory need upgrades?
4) Anything else that you can throw in to help me accomplish this is much appreciated.  


As always, thanks in advance.
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Tempting_Fate
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Hi Tempting_Fate,
> 1) What OS would be most suitable to host my own website as well as
> being able to FTP through my server directly?
Virtually any Linux distribution can do this for you without a problem.  The LinuxOS doesn't matter much for this as you are using programs that run on linux - and every major distribution includes these functions (you just have to install them when you install linux or after the linux install is complete.  Typically, Apache will be used for the web site.

> 2) Can someone please refer to me to several tutorials that may help
> me 'step through' the installation process
www.apache.org - has documentation and instructions for setting up as well as getting the most recent version of Apache web server.

Some links for setting up FTP:
http://www.siliconvalleyccie.com/linux-hn/ftp-server.htm
http://www.lifehacker.com/software/home-server/how-to-set-up-a-home-ftp-server-130806.php
http://www.unixcities.com/ftpd/index.html


> 3)The machine I have set aside is 550Mhz, 256 MB Ram, and 30 GB of
> storage space. Will my processor or memory need upgrades?

Depends - are you running the next google or just a little site for your friends?  For most basic web sites, this is more than sufficient.  I'd be more concerned with your internet bandwidth then your server specs for this setup.

> 4) Anything else that you can throw in to help me accomplish this is
> much appreciated.  

Sorry, can't think of anything else - There's a ton of online resources for setting up this stuff.  And don't forget the man pages - the linux help system.

Cheers!
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xDamoxCommented:
Hi,

Any of the two will suite your needs heres a tutorial for Fedora on how to setup a perfect installation;'

http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_fedora_core_5

And heres how to set up a perfect CentOS installation:

http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_centos_4.3

You can ignore that they are both 64-bit versions they should work fine with 32bit
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alextoftCommented:
You may find Webmin http://www.webmin.com useful if you're a linux novice and not yet comfortable diving in with command-line manipuation of config files etc.. It's a very friendly web based tool for making your linux box do everything you want it to.
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Tempting_FateAuthor Commented:
Wow, that's great.  Thanks for the help :)
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Tempting_FateAuthor Commented:
Wow, that's great.  Thanks for the help :)
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