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  1. #1
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    What operating system for my first VPS?

    I'm about to sign up for my first VPS to have a play and learn.

    What operating system shall I go for? CentOS 5.5? 32-bit or 64 bit? Or one of the others?

    I will mainly be using WordPress and Drupal (so PHP and MySQL).

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    You can try Ubuntu, will provide you more up to date versions of PHP and MySQL out of the box

    With CentOS you will need to do it more manually, e.g. default PHP is 5.1.6
    Latest stable version is: 5.3.6

    You may also find it easier to get tutorials for Ubuntu than CentOS

    32/64 bit does not really mater If you have less than 512MB you may opt for 32bit ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGOBLUE View Post

    32/64 bit does not really mater If you have less than 512MB you may opt for 32bit ..
    Thanks. What is the minimum memory I can get away with? - just me using WordPress - no traffic.

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    With 384 or 512 should be fine
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    or you can try Debian for lower memory usage.

    i prefer not using 64bit if my memory <1024 MB.

    since there's nothing security issue i didn't believe up to date package version is better than earlier version.
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    Go with CentOS , nice OS to practice with Wordpress and Drupal
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    Quote Originally Posted by brookie View Post
    Thanks. What is the minimum memory I can get away with? - just me using WordPress - no traffic.
    Maybe 64MB RAM is just enough?

    Debian 5 Lenny Lighttpd/PHP/MySQL Setup Guide on 64MB Xen VPS step by step guide on how to set up a Debian box to run WordPress in 64MB RAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brookie View Post
    Thanks. What is the minimum memory I can get away with? - just me using WordPress - no traffic.
    First of all, do you want a control panel with your VPS, if yes what kind?

    If you choose cPanel you would need a minimum of 512 MB RAM on your VPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TmzHosting View Post
    First of all, do you want a control panel with your VPS, if yes what kind?

    If you choose cPanel you would need a minimum of 512 MB RAM on your VPS.

    - Daniel
    I am happy with command line, installing PHP, MySQL etc. so no, I don't need a control panel.

    Just need enough memory to run webserver (Apache or other?), PHP, MySQL and WordPress just for me.

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    If you do not need any control panel, I think 384MB would be enough to host wordpress or drupal site.
    Just remember to optimized the MySQL configuration and apache if you use it.
    For the OS, whether Ubuntu or CentOS, both are best OS for web-hosting.
    Thanks...

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    I'd go for Debian or Ubuntu as apt is easier on the memory than yum.
    128MB should be enough for a barebones setup but will also leave you with enough breathing room for experimenting with other stuff after you're done setting up your hosting stack.

    For OpenVZ you might want to consider purchasing a plan with twice the memory.


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    I would go for CentOS with 512mb memory or more to play with, there's no harm getting more memory and it would be useful if you have big projects in the future.

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    Shall I go for an alternative to Apache?

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    CentOs 64 bit.
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    Given that this is a "play & learn" VPS, and will probably be a low-memory VPS (according to your other thread), here's a few suggestions:

    1. Stick with 32-bit.
    2. Try Debian 5 (or 6 if the provider offers it).
    3. Learn how to install Apache, PHP, MySQL (via the package manager).
    4. Learn how users and user home directories are created.
    5. Learn how virtual hosting is setup. Eventually you're gonna host more than one site
    6. Get a functioning website that serves PHP...
    7. Keep notes
    8. In the VPS control panel re-install the OS to CentOS.
    9. Repeat steps 3-7.
    10. Decide which feels more comfortable: Debian or CentOS.
    11. Re-install the preferred Linux distro (if required), and get the system back to step 6.
    12. Move on to installing & configuring Wordpress, etc.
    13. Look into optimizations for Apache, MySQL.
    14. Learn how to monitoring the VPS for performance, load, etc.
    15. Investigate alternate webservers like nginx, lighttpd.

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    Debian 5 Lenny 32 bit, you can find some 15$/year low end vps offer, ie: 123systems (as they mailed me yesterday)

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    Quote Originally Posted by minhmeo View Post
    Debian 5 Lenny 32 bit, you can find some 15$/year low end vps offer, ie: 123systems (as they mailed me yesterday)
    I've seen their $10 offer. What's the spec, and link for the $15 offer?

    Also now looking at http://www.lowendbox.com/blog/fanati...z-vps-germany/

    $6 per quarter.

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    I host netsky.org.uk on 256mb ram (512mb burst/swap)
    I'm also running Plesk panel on CentOS 5 (32bit)

    All for 12/m from switchlink.co.uk

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    I recommend CentOS as its cPanel friendly, yum is easy to learn and you can even migrate up to CloudLinux with a few clicks once you are more experienced.

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