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By jlivingston ·
I have been using mainly Microsoft products, including IIS and Exchange 5.5 and 2000. I would like suggestions on what Linux product I could use in order to set up a web server at home and an email server at home. Expanding my horizons, you know?Thanks for any input you guys might have.

Jason

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by Aaron V In reply to Linux Web and Email serve ...

Most Linux and *BSD distributions come with Apache. Apache is a free webserver with all (or almost all) the goodies of a commerical webserver. I have used Apache on Solaris, FreeBSD, HPUX, and NT. It has worked extremely well, and regardless of marketing hype, is the most used server on the 'net.

Sendmail (which also powers the 'net) is also included. This does take some configuration (especially since you do not want to be a re-mailer for spam). Again, most Linux and *BSD distributionsalso come with additional tools and mail clients.

I would recommend picking up a Linux reference book, I have these two, plus lots of how-to's:
Running Linux (O'Reilly)
Linux in a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
www.linux.org, www.linuxdoc.org should have all the how-to's on, yep, how to set it up.

Have Fun!

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by Victor_F In reply to Linux Web and Email serve ...

I would recommend the RedHat's distribution of Linux, it's fast, reliable, widely supported and it has an edge in it's RPM package manager which will make your life easier when it comes to installing/upgrading software.
HTTP Server, Apache is the one.
For the Mail server part, if you're willing to learn the gritty details of Qmail, it's my No.1 choice why? it's very secure, and fast. have in mind Redhat linux comes bundeled with the gnu version of sendmail, which is popular and works but, people seem to be able to break into it all the time.

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by mightyduk In reply to Linux Web and Email serve ...

just reinforcing the recommendation of Apache, you'll love it, red hat is probably your best bet, but not much different otherwise.

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by hugevlad In reply to Linux Web and Email serve ...

Hi Jason,
I suggest use Apache web-server (www.apache.org). But if you plan only "local use" of your web-server, try something more lightweight, like boa (small and tiny web-server, but without features).
Most known program for mailserver - sendmail. But it has relatively difficult config and some problem with security. You can also use "alternatives" like smail, exim, qmail etc.
Look throu your Linux distribution (this is RedHat, isn`t it ? :) for those packets. I think, you have in your distribution enough variants to build web and mail server. Also see "documentation" section. You can find there some "HOWTO" files with step-by-step explanation various aspects.

With best regards,
Vlad.

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by Chris Penn, CUOL In reply to Linux Web and Email serve ...

Does this question include hardware? If you want practice on some incredible servers, check out the Cobalt RaQ, which uses the Linux OS, and also visit Penguin Computing for some cheap 1U servers. (relatively speaking)

But the standard in software is Apache and Sendmail. Get a copy of Linux from ftp.kernel.org and download it. Better yet, grab the ISO image and burn your own CD. Red Hat Linux makes a fine and relatively easy install. Also check out Slackware's Linux distribution. Both are relatively easy to set up.

I'm on the same path as you - with Microsoft's new licensing fees for Win 2000, Linux looks poised to take out the low and mid range server market. For variety, you can also download a BSD Unix distribution for free. I like FreeBSD, at FreeBSD.org. It's Linux's older brother.

Christopher S. Penn
CIO, CASCAP, Inc.
http://www.cascap.org

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