On Sep 14, 2011, at 8:10 AM, Hassan Schroeder <hassan.schroeder at gmail.com> wrote: > On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:19 AM, Simon MacDonald <simonmacdonald at uk2.net> wrote: > >> I still want to use my laptop as my main development tool - running editors >> and some graphics, but I want (I think), to move apache, mysql and anything >> else suitable off onto a desktop server running Linux. > >> 1. What is the best Linux install to go for > > If you're just moving server-type stuff to it, why not pick the same OS > as your production system(s) use? > What he said. If the sole purpose of this box is to serve files that will eventually live in your production environment, mimic that if possible. If that's not possible because you deploy to different environments and a set of VMs isn't interesting, a used Mac mini can be had for 200-300 dollars. Comes with a LAMP stack installed plus a way to test your sites on osx.