It's been a while since I used linux in earnest, but aren't there distributions that are specifically tailored for small emplacement environments? I found this thread, which touches on the subject: http://forum.junowebdesign.com/unix-linux-bsd/30283-stripped-down-linux-distro.html In particular, they refer to ***smalllinux.com, which appears to be toast, but I found http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ which says its distro is only 50Mb (pretty darned small, these days). There's definitely a fair amount of info out there on smaller linux distributions, might well be worth checking out. John -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org on behalf of Simon MacDonald Sent: Wed 9/14/11 12:13 To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: Re: [thelist] Best Linux install for home development server? My target environment is Wordpress - so I can do it on Win or linux. I guess the big issue is my laptop is full and I want to purge it ... and I want to get back into linux. My laptop doesn't really feel up to running virtual environments, so I want to slim down the laptop and put some of the other stuff onto a cheapish ( compared to a laptop) server to run some of the apps that run in background on my laptop and free up some space and capacity. Simon >>-----Original Message----- >>From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist- >>bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Will >>Sent: 14 September 2011 4:56 PM >>To: thelist at lists.evolt.org >>Subject: Re: [thelist] Best Linux install for home development server? >> >> >> >> >> >>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. >>-- >> >>* * Please support the community that supports you. * * >>http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ >> >>For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester >>and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org >>Workers of the Web, evolt ! >> >> >>__________ Information from ESET Smart Security, version of virus >>signature database 6463 (20110914) __________ >> >>The message was checked by ESET Smart Security. >> >>http://www.eset.com >> __________ Information from ESET Smart Security, version of virus signature database 6464 (20110914) __________ The message was checked by ESET Smart Security. http://www.eset.com -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt ! This message is intended for the named recipients only. It may contain information protected by the attorney-client or work-product privilege. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by replying to this email. Please do not disclose this message to anyone and delete the message and any attachments. Thank you.