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I'm getting a new machine later today and I intend to use it for Apache, PHP, and MySQL (possibly SSL). What's the best Linux (or Unix) distribution to use (for ...
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    What's the best distribution for Apache, PHP, and MySQL?


    I'm getting a new machine later today and I intend to use it for Apache, PHP, and MySQL (possibly SSL). What's the best Linux (or Unix) distribution to use (for free)? The machine isn't incredibly fast and it would not be running a GUI most of the time. I have the poll but feel free to add suggestions.

    -AVGuy

    BTW- I'm a complete newbie so if I say something stupid feel free to correct me.

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    For me, excuse me dude! I just dunno.
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    They can all do the job, but I would go with Debian (biased opinion) or slackware.
    As it is an slow machine I wouldnt go with Red Hat or Mandrake, they are very user friendly and often install more software than you need by (default install) which in turn will slow down your machine.

    Debian and slackware (and all the other minimalist distro's) just install the basics but are slightly harder to install. Mandrake Red Hat and Suse normally autodetect most hardware and have pretty graphical installers. You could get Red Hat or any of the others to do the same but I feel that debian or slackware would be faster under these conditions.

    btw - Yellowdog is a distro specifically for the ppc architecture, not x86.

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    you forgot The linux distro, Gentoo

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    Gentoo _would_ probably be a good option on a slower machine, since everything gets optimized to your exact configuration.

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    Yeah, but it would take about a week for it to compile anything .

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