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ComputerBits: Business Linux: Running a website on Linux, part II

Feb 15, 2002, 22:52 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)
"All you need is one computer with Linux and Apache installed. To test connectivity, have two computers networked with each other, or connected to the Internet. My test system consists of two PCs: the Web server connected to the Internet via DSL and a Linux/Windows dual-boot box on dialup. My DSL account provides a static IP address, permits running servers, and includes the dialup connection as well.

Apache comes with all major Linux distributions. You'll save yourself a lot of suffering buying a boxed Linux distribution with printed manuals. Spend the thirty to seventy bucks -- it's better than wasting days doing something simple the hard way. If it's not installed, get it from your Linux disks. I'm not getting into installation details here; installing it from disk is simple.

The most customizable way to run Apache is to install it from source. This bypasses distribution-specific modifications, and the documentation on Apache.org makes more sense. See http://httpd.apache.org/docs/install.html This permits installing only the modules you are going to use; lean servers with nothing extraneous are easier to secure and manage. This is for more advanced users: raw newbies read on."

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