After trying to (unsuccessfully) get CentOS working with my hardware, I switched away to Kubuntu. Although Kubuntu worked fine, if I stayed with that I would need to install and configure the individual applications needed for my server. That is: Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl. Although it would be easier to do within a GUI like KDE, it’s not that much easier because, as far as I can see, the GUI-based tools are few and far between. Hence, I would be dropping down into the control line anyway so why not just stay there?
So, for now, I am working with the Ubuntu Server Edition. This edition is command line based, although there may be some web-based tools that could help. If/When I choose one, I’ll let you know which. Until then, I’m still learning how to get things configured by editing text files found all over the place. Sigh.
Someday, someone (other than Microsoft) will realize that there is an opportunity to fill a need for installing and configuring home servers in an easy to use GUI-based environment. Until then, I’m running Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl from the command line (and hating every second of it).