Request for help - Setting up an active

Vladislav S. Davidzon davidzon at
Wed Dec 3 15:20:27 EST 1997

Just a comment, but I would also recommend looking into FreeBSD... I
believe you should be able to download it from (correct me
if I am wrong), but I've had real good results with it in the past...

Linux is good for a workstation, but I would recommend FreeBSD for a

Also I did not see any mentions of the Debian distribution of Linux, as
its also out there.  

I would recommend running FreeBSD with the latest version of Apache.  As
far as NT, I am not quite sure how stable and reliable their web servers
are, I have not had that much experience in running one.  For an intranet
it may be the best way to go with NT, but for an internet site I would
recommend Unix. 

You can run unix on a 486, which if given the correct setup could yield
far better performance than what you'd get from NT.

-- Vladislav

On Wed, 3 Dec 1997, Bob Long wrote:

> 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.
> Bob
> 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:
> >
> > (Linux Online)
> > (Linux Documentation Project mirror)
> >
> >Please feel free to email me for further information.  

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