Request for help - Setting up an active
bob at mail.esrl.lib.md.us
Wed Dec 3 13:13:29 EST 1997
I agree with Chuck 100%. We use Linux for everything; mail, DNS, web. Well,
our web is currently on an NT box, but we're going to virtual host most of
our member libraries, and those will be split between the NT and the Linux.
The install is no problem. Worst part is partitioning the drive(s). We
have Red Hat 4.2, which still uses the old fdisk utility, but I understand
that the new 5.0 version has a graphical utility of some sort.
Short of Solaris, Linux is THE OS for Internet/Intranet applications.
At 09:17 AM 12/3/97 -0800, you wrote:
>If you have some in-house Unix expertise, or are willing to acquire
>some knowledge of Unix, I strongly recommend you consider Linux with
>the Apache web server as a platform for serving web pages. Linux is
>a very stable OS, and Apache is used on about half the web sites on
>the Internet. It is far and away the most popular http server.
>It is probably not as easy to set up and maintain as WindowsNT seems
>to be, but it much cheaper (free if you download the software from
>the Internet, cheap ($50 US at most) if you buy a CD-ROM
>distribution), and it rewards you with the flexibility of a Unix
>platform. It also will run nicely on fairly minimal hardware. If
>all you want to do is serve web pages intranet-wise, a 486 with 16M
>RAM will probably do very nicely. You might even do fine with 8M of
>RAM. Linux is also a great way to learn Unix and system
>administration fundamentals. There are scads of documentation
>available on the Internet, and many places to get help for free.
>I have used only Slackware and Red Hat distributions, and I think
>Red Hat will yield a working Apache server right out of the box if you
>install the needed packages. You can check out their site at
>Basic Linux info can be found at:
> http://www.linux.org/ (Linux Online)
> http://linux.senet.com.au/ (Linux Documentation Project mirror)
>Please feel free to email me for further information.
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