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arrs
post Jan 25 2005, 05:54 PM
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Hi guys,

I've got a spare PII 333, 256MB 12GB which I would like to setup LAMP on so I can test some PHP & MySql stuff on before I put in on my site.

The question is which Linux? + wheres the quickest place to download it from(Im in the UK on Telewest 1MB BB)

Im not bothered if it doesnt have a gui in fact I would prefer that it doesnt so I have to use console commands as Im new to linux and I want to learn.

Thanks all

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post Jan 25 2005, 06:01 PM
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Most distros are 600+ megs, for one CD.

You could grab debian, and only need one CD (versus 2 in slackware, and 3-4 in fedora). Then just do the base install (no gui, or fluff), and compile/install php/mysql/apache yourself


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post Jan 25 2005, 06:11 PM
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QUOTE (Termina @ Jan 25 2005, 06:01 PM)
Most distros are 600+ megs, for one CD.

You could grab debian, and only need one CD (versus 2 in slackware, and 3-4 in fedora). Then just do the base install (no gui, or fluff), and compile/install php/mysql/apache yourself

Thanks for the quick reply Termina

Regarding the compiling is this process documented in the install docs as I dont have a clue. Ive installed suse and redhat before using the gui but Ive never compiled linux. As long as it is well documented i should be ok.

2 other things. the way that I am going to be installing it is from a share on a network smile.gif(So i will be opening the iso up and dumping them in a folder on another PC) and i will need full control of the server over the network(is there any built in software? via telnet, or some sort of vnc,pcanywhere sort of thing)

thanks again

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post Jan 25 2005, 06:28 PM
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Lots of distros offer installing via network. You need a http, ftp or nfs server running and a boot floppy or CD. The image for the boot disk is usually in a image directory.

For a command line only secure server I like trustix ( www.trustix.org ) It has the option for a network install too. All you need to do is select the packages php, mysql etc and follow the documentation on their website. Everything is preconfigured to run (using packages from the install CD) so no compiling is required and updates are easy with their app called swup.
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post Jan 26 2005, 05:00 PM
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Hi guys,

Im having problems finding a Linux bootdisk that works as I dont have a CDROM in the machine

Any recommendations? Ive tried LEAF but it locks up before I can set the network up

thx
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post Jan 26 2005, 05:16 PM
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Have you decided what distribution you want to install?
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post Jan 27 2005, 08:52 AM
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QUOTE (arrs @ Jan 26 2005, 05:00 PM)
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Im having problems finding a Linux bootdisk that works as I dont have a CDROM in the machine

Any recommendations? Ive tried LEAF but it locks up before I can set the network up

thx

Ouch.

Debian has 20-odd some floppy images for you to do a network install, that you can grab off their FTP (and mirrors).


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QUOTE (michaelk @ Jan 26 2005, 05:16 PM)
Have you decided what distribution you want to install?

Well Im thinking Debian or Slackware

I havent decided yet. I may try both
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post Jan 27 2005, 01:08 PM
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Just to let you know im slowly getting somewhere. smile.gif

I've ran the rescue.bin then root.bin then drivers-1.bin,drivers-2.bin etc... I partioned the drive with a 50meg SWAP and all then space left as another. I had some issues working out how to load the network card module/driver thingy but worked it out with my friend Google biggrin.gif . Its currently downloading the rest from the debian site but all is looking good.

This Linux stuff is fun, it is a bit,hmm no ....... very confuseing. smile.gif

Cheers to all who advised me
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post Jan 27 2005, 02:05 PM
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It's confusing at first, but I can assure you it makes a lot more sense than Windows.


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post Jan 27 2005, 04:56 PM
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Oooh, after heard that, I had to post this. wink.gif

Brings up some good points, *and* it's hilarous.

http://www.olene.net/linux.html


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post Jan 27 2005, 06:10 PM
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QUOTE (Termina @ Jan 27 2005, 04:56 PM)
Oooh, after heard that, I had to post this. wink.gif

Brings up some good points, *and* it's hilarous.

http://www.olene.net/linux.html

laugh.gif Thats good. Now ive seen that can I call myself a Linux expert??? lol

Ive only just installed Debian and Ive already broke it sad.gif

I was having problems working out the commands. So I decided to install that X server/gui thing using dselect. Then I decided to uninstall something. Now it wont boot sad.gif

Im gonna try and restore now using the rescue disk.

Would red hat 9 work at a reasonable speed on my spec? Which has now changed to PII 333, 256MB, 4GB(12GB has gone in another PC)

I think that for my learning process I am going to need a gui but I will need to try and install and config stuff in the console.
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post Jan 27 2005, 06:39 PM
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My bad.

I should mention: Never, ever use dselect, or the other equally crappy package manager that comes with the debian installer.

Just use 'apt-get install packagename' if you can.

List of packages are on the debian website, though most you can guess. smile.gif


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post Jan 28 2005, 07:55 AM
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Ive downloaded the 3 redhat 9 iso's and Im gonna nick a CDROM drive from someone's PC and burn/install it later.
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post Jan 29 2005, 02:24 AM
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xD

You might want to try CentOS, if you're going with Redhat, since redhat no longer recieves updates.

Kind of like using Windows 98. tongue.gif


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