Review of Ubuntu 7.04 Server on Old Hardware

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Ubuntu Linux have been releasing server versions of their distro for a while now, aimed at providing a quick and easy way to set up a Linux server, so I decided to give it a try.

My aim was to see how easy it was to install and set up Ubuntu 7.04 Server in LAMP configuration (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) on an old computer I had lying around. This would be used on my local network as a test web server. It would not require to be security hardened as it would not be accessible from the internet. I have previously used Debian for this same purpose, installing packages as need be, and I have used Ubuntu as a desktop Operating System, so I was interested in how simple Ubuntu 7.04 would be to set up as a server.

The computer I used for this is a creaking old wreck that is only really suited to tests like this. The configuration is as follows:

CPU: AMD K6-2 450MHz
RAM: 128MB
HDD: 4.3GB
Other: 3dfx Banshee graphics, Unbranded 10/100 ethernet card, Goldstar 4x CDRW

Anyone who has tried to set up Ubuntu Server on that kind of hardware might see a glaring problem, but more on that later...

First step was to download the x86 version of Ubuntu 7.04 Server Edition from the Ubuntu download page and burn to CD-R.

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