Is there much of a difference (in terms of speed, security and stability) between running Apache2 on win98se and Apache2 on some linux distribution? (how do I set permissions in windows? like '777'?)
I wanted to setup a webserver with my home computer with mysql, php, apache2, ssh, and maybe ftp(if it's secure enough).
Ideally, I would like to be able to just turn on my computer and my server is up and running (When a game server crashes, it just restarts by itself?).
I don't really like working in a linux gui, i much prefer the windows one.
I may plan to later buy an xbox(if the price is in my league) and use that as a server instead. My computer is pretty loud and my dad dosen't like me running it overnight (is an xbox quiet?).
My server will host a blog, some pictures, some video game footage of me (large file sizes changes the way I setup a server?), random information and rants, member login for my friends, just stuff like that.
I have used apache, php, and mysql in windows98se before and it worked pretty nice. Problem was, i was just concerned about security. I had to enable DMZ (basically opening all ports) on my router to get the world to see my server. I've used several linux distros but quit after having a terrible time of trying to install gentoo. I'm better than the average computer user, so if you help me I'll be competent.
I don't want a GUI eating up processing power, I just turn off my monitor and head on out to school. Yeah, if disabling video and sound will make my server go faster, then...'Make it so.'
Yes, I would enjoy a 24/7 webserver very much. So, any suggestions as to how I should approach this 'need of a server' problem? Which linux distro would be best suited for my needs? I heard Debian is pretty good for a server and my school recently switched from slackware to debian.
Any help is greatly apreciated, I thank you for your time!