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    Pondering setting up a small network

    Okay, this is new territory for me, so I've got some questions...

    Currently, I have a laptop with Windows XP Pro. I've thought about getting a used desktop computer and installing Linux on it...Then I could get a router and share my ADSL internet connection between the two PC's.

    Something I wonder is, could I add an extra hard drive to the desktop and use it as a network share drive to store files from the Windows laptop? Would it matter if the OS on the desktop was Linux?

    An additional thought is, could I run the development version of my website on the Linux box (Apache/PHP/MySQL - yes I know Linux has these), and access it through both computers, through my little network? It would not need to be available ot the internet - I would upload my site to my host for that. This way, I could do work on the site from either computer, and not have versioning issues by having two different copies.

    I'm thinking setting up a Linux box would be a good reason for me to become familiar with that OS.

    Those are my questions...Are those doable? Anyone here running a similar setup?

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    I don't have much (if any) experience with Linux however, it should still be pretty easy to setup the drive as a network share, as you would have to configure it to be recognised by other computers as a network drive..

    Also, you should be able to access PHP/MySQL etc running on your linux box from your laptop easily. I havent done it, but if web servers running a server in a LAMP configuration can do it, then I imagine a small home network server can do it

    Personally, I wouldn't bother getting a Linux installation for a while yet - I want to pick up a second user pc and install a Windows Server OS - like 2k AS or 2k3 Standard and then use it as a WAMP Server - Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP. However, I am aware of the stability differences between Windows and Linux.

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    I had thought of just getting another Windows PC, but then I'd have to shell out for another Windows license, and I already have the Mandrake CD's, so...Not a tough choice!

    Besides, like I said, setting up and running a Linux machine would be a good reason for me to learn about that OS...I like to learn new things!

    And besides, I could always add a Windows desktop to the network sometime down the road...

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    well true

    Linux is a great server operating system, which I would like to see used more on servers rather than desktop workstations. I don't know much about linux - the only experience I have with Linux is FTPing and running telnet commands to a redhat webserver - well that isn't really dealing with linux as such.

    I want to try out windows server 2003, so I might download the trial, however, I've never used Linux much and want to learn it


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