So I know that the best way to do something is to experiance and do it. I want to be able to install, maintain, secure and optimize any *nix server. So I've decided I want to do the following:
Install CentOS 4
Install cpanel/some other control panel
Install PHP and MySQL
What else can I do?
Also, I want to be able to run both this server and my regular windows desktop at the same time, but I can't afford to pay for a server, and if I dual boot I'll have to log into windows to access my box, which would effectively shut my box off.
So I'm curious, how can I run linux and windows at the same time on my desktop? Someone recommended vmware but didn't go into specifics.
You can use vmware to emulate a 'virtual computer' running inside of an instance of windows xp. So basically you launch the vmware console inside of windows xp and you install linux. It creates a virtual hard drive and everything so you don't need to do anything special with your drive.