Tony - Not sure how much experience you have with either Linux or FreeBSD, but if you're just starting out, I'd recommend Linux. FreeBSD is an excellent OS once you've got the particulars of unix administration down. Jumping into FreeBSD without any previous unix experience may be a bit steep. Linux has more applications for it while FreeBSD is more flexable and robust.. either one will run apache and mod_perl or any other web software the same for you. Shout if you have more questions :) .djc. Tony Grimes wrote: > I finally brought another line into my home to run a web/ftp/email > server (for personal use) and I'm currently deciding which OS to run. I > want to play around and get some admin/config skills under my belt, but > it'll be more of a side-hobbie than anything else. I've narrowed my choice > to either Linux (to see what I'm missing out on) or FreeBSD (I'd like to > eventually migrate to MacOSX). I'm planning on running Apache, mod_perl, > etc. (everything open source). > Any suggestions? Are there any differences in flexibility or > feature-sets (I don't really care about X Windows)? How hard would it > be to migrate from Linux to MacOSX?