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I want to install a linux distro on my pc (amd XP 1800, 1gb ram). The main goal is working on websites. Which distro do you suggest?

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Q_21557134.html

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Linux_Networking/Q_20898058.html

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Q_20953959.html

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Q_20480319.html

and there is a million more over there in ee which i can post.  search for the relevant question and read through.

in my opinion, suse, centos, FC5 or FC6.  all of them work good on your machines.

choose your pick.
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ubuntu is also nice. gentoo only if you want to know really good your system.
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Hi,

Please see what distros are around first. Visit http://www.distrowatch.com.

As far as a  I understand you are looking for a server operating system to host a website. If you will have some comemrcial pacts too
You might consider using RedHat, SuSe (Novell), debian distros. The Server editions a re offered for a fee while
RedHat Enterprise (which is fee based) have free alternatives namely CentOS and WhiteBox.

Ubuntu is another alternative Ubntu has a very simple andd ver intiutive GUI. But if you set-up using the Server option then you won't have a GUI Unlesy you don't set it up manually.

Cheers,
K.
 
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I don't necessarily need a server, only a way to test some things in PHP.
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To do PHP/MYSQL etc.. any distro will be fine. Not to start a distro war but taking in to consideration that it appears your are new to Linux, I would recommend Debian or Ubuntu. Do you care which version of PHP? if not Debian sarge installs PHP4 by default(Mysql 4.1)Ubuntu users newer packages as default like PHP5, Mysql 5. Both offer Apache2. You can use NVU or BlueFish to author the web pages, both offer PHP support. NVU and Bluefish can be found in Debian and Ubuntu's repositories. As I said before any modern distro will work fine, this is my humble opinion based on past experience.
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I'll suggest you to use Ubuntu then. It has a simple installation procedure and Friendly GUI and a single installation CD, easy later upgrades. Only drawback is it starts as a non root user but SUDO is in place or you can assign a password to the root account and then do "su - root" so that you'll run as root.
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I choose for Fedora; because I already worked with it before. My prior system was Windows XP.  What is the best way to take a backup for all important files? Can I do that on a Fat32 disk? The disk is 60 GB, can I make a partition of 60 GB in Fat32 or should it be better to divide it into 2 partitions?
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this is the easiest way to backup, there are hundreds of other solutions but this is the easiest IMHO http://www.linux.com/guides/solrhe/Securing-Optimizing-Linux-RH-Edition-v1.3/chap29sec305.shtml
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Sorry, I wasn't clear. My actual system is windows XP Prop (NTFS). I have another disk (60GB) that I can use for backup. What are your suggestions?
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you want to backup your windows files? to another HD so you can wipe HD and install Fedora Core?
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Yes, like mail (I use Thunderbird) and personal files (doc., ...)
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there are many programs to backup your windows files. You can use Windows backup which comes with Windows XP. it is under Start->All Programs->Accessories->system tools->Backup
Why dont you use the extra 60GB HD and install Fedora on that, and leave your HD with Windows Xp intact?
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I know there are a lot of available programs to backup, but I want' to know if I can back it up to FAT32 and afterwards copy it back into Linux.
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yes linux can read fat32 just fine.
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OK, thanx.
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Just a last question, how about the partitions? I'll have one disk of 40GB (for the system) and a second disk of 120GB. I was thinking of using the second disk for the /home partiton, what do you think? And how about the other partitions?
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you could use the 120 for /home and the 40 for /boot / swap. There are other ways that might benefit you, like /var and /usr /home on all seperate partitions. /var contains mail and spool directories which can fill up hard drives. /usr is where you can put executable binaries, plus kernel source. IMHO use the 40GB for /boot swap and /. Use the 120GB for /home and /usr. anytime you install a new program install in under /usr/local directory. this way /home directory wont be filled with executables and your limited space for / wont fill up to quick. There is no right way of doing this, it all depends on how you will use the box.
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