lean webserver box - distro choice, and backup question
From: Jules (julesrichardsonuk_at_remove.this.yahoo.co.uk)
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 17:50:58 +0000
I'm just after a lean linux box to stick outside of my firewall and allow
transferral of odds and ends between colleagues. By lean, I mean to run on
a P120 with 16MB of RAM and a 500MB disk.
Services-wise I can probably live with just the webserver, but it needs to
run a file upload script too. (Yes, I'd rather have an ftp server, but
some of the people I deal with are not that knowledgable when it comes to
computers, so web's easier)
Any recommendations for a good distribution to try that won't take me
weeks of fine-tuning but is also pretty lean straight out of the box (the
former perhaps rules out Slackware, and the latter Redhat)??
Other issue is backup in the event of someone hacking the machine and
trashing it. I don't care about any data that's on it as that'll only be
transient, but I would like to quickly be able to rebuild the system in
the event of a problem. I was wondering about just using dd to make a
block-by-block copy of the whole drive to somewhere safe, which I can spit
back onto the machine's drive if needs be. Does that seem sensible?