Setup Help Please... What to do?
Alright, I was told that if I want my Winblows computers (the rest of the family and my gaming compy) and I want to share my cable connection, and have a linux server... the best way was to have a seperate computer for routing that port forwards. And it doesn't run a firewall so that it's as transparent as can be. Then the server runs behind it runnning a firewall on itself. I'm a n00b to linux for the most part. What I'd like to know is what's the best way to do this? I have 2 comps just for servers.. (350 P2 and 866 P3)... I just don't know how I'm going to set them up to run properly. I used to have a Mandrake 8.2 server running in the front of the network hosting web pages and stuff and routing...but now that I'm getting more and more users I have the need for increased security. Not to mention my increasing gain of enemies at school (I'm 15 and in highschool). But security is an issue for any server no matter how popular. Mandrake was pretty easy, I would like something good, Mandrake 9.1 will probly do but whatever you guys suggest is fine. Remember I'm pretty bad at Linux, but I'm willing to learn as long as I can get it up soon as possible. I don't need to run a firewall on my other comps, nothing valuable on them or anything. I just use my server to write PHP code on it. I need help if possible. Whats the best way to run this? What Distro should I use? My main server needs to do these things as easily as possible:
3. Mail srver... pretty much get mail from point a to point b, and I need outside of the network clients to be able to use email.
4. ProFTP or some FTP
5. PERL...easy I presume.
6. Some other odds and ends I can't think about right now.
Thanks in Advanced and nice forum here.