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Setting up a test server at home.

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  1. pandapete

    pandapete Thread Starter

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    Hello.

    A friend of my dad has suggested that I use these forums if I have any problems as they are very helpful.

    I am a schoolie and am studying computers in my spare time. I am trying to learn php and mysql at the moment and have a couple of questions.

    I would like to be able to set up a test server in the real world, that is, not just on my desktop, so that I can see how I am going with real time actions.

    What am I going to need to set this up.

    Do I have to have a domain first?

    I want to have it running with Linux, not windows. What Linux do I need.

    Would an old MMX (233 I believe) computer be sufficient to handle just testing?

    Is there anything else that I will need? I have broadband

    Thank You.

    Peter
     
  2. Rockn

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    Pretty much any distro of Linux can be set up as a web server. Debian is a good one, but the learing curve is a little steep. Apache is the preferred web server. You are pusing it with a 233 CPU and it may not run at all.
     
  3. pandapete

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    Thank you for the reply Rockn.

    I know that it is going to be a steep learning curve. Have started on html and CSS awhile back and now looking for more challenges. I am not able to do computer studies at this school until next year.

    Do I need to use an operating system before using apache or does Apache go straight into DOS.

    I thought that a 233cpu might be a little too slow also, especially with only 128mb of ram, but I cannot afford a larger unit . I don't want to mess up my windows based comp at the moment. I use it for other things. If I were able to get a P111 500 do you think that it would be enough? Might be able to get a box with pocket money at an auction.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Pete
     
  4. Rockn

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    Apache is installed on top of Linux which would be your operating system. I have a web server running Windows 2000 server, Exchange server/file server and it is only a PII 300 with 512MB and it runs fine. I have aslo done some PHP on it running the windows web server with no problems. For some reason Linux has never run well for me performance wise.
     
  5. Squashman

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    I had Apache running on Netware 6.0 on a PII 300mhz computer. You can certainly run linux on that old computer. I just wouldn't install a Graphical user interface. Do everything from the command line.

    When I worked for a school district, I had Linux running on old Pentium 200 with 64mb of ram. It was my auditing box. Ran just fine from the command line.
     
  6. pandapete

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    Thank you everyone. I will try and give it a go and let you know.

    I am just interested in getting something out there and playing around with it.
     
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