With a relatively underpowered processor, as well as wanting to
save CPU cycles, software choice is important. One of the beauties
of free software, which is often portrayed as a drawback, is
choice. There is no "right" way to do any given task, and your
choice of software may well differ from mine yet be equally valid.
That's fine and correct in our world. Distribution
"The system runs Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. I wanted to run an apt-based
distribution and the long term support options are relevant to
clients, so felt I should run the same as I would install on other
sites, though running Debian would have been just as valid. I ran
Gentoo for a while, whose optimisations are great for this type of
application, but you really need to be a full time sysadmin to
achieve the same consistency as with a non-source-based
distribution. Arch Linux is also tempting (I run that on my Asus
eeepc with XFCE 4.6) but a little too leading edge for this server
requirement, for my taste."