A couple things happened that worked out well. First and best, I’m moving upstairs to a new apartment with a dishwasher and a dining room (which will become an office) and a lot of other cool things.
Secondly, my totally awesome friend is giving me a server!
Seriously! In my life I’ve never set up an web server from scratch, except for a Windows NT server about 7 or 8 years ago, and no way in hell is a Windows machine showing up in my home. Other than the office laptop, but you get the idea.
As much as I’d love a Mac Server OS, they run $500 and I can’t front that yet. Part of me wants to use Mac because (well) I use it and love it and it’s easy. Which may be all the more reason to not use it.
There’s an old O’Reily webdoc about getting started with Apache, and I know many places use that so I’m leaning toward it, myself.
I sort of have an idea what I need on the web server (see the list below), but after I made the list I laughed my ass off because I forgot… the server software. I have to ask said-friend what he uses, and I may just do that. It’s probably Free BSD or SuSE or something similar. I know the site that hosts Ipstenu.org uses some variant of bash.
So I made a list of what I need on a web server:
It doesn’t look like much, and I’m sure there are a million ‘little’ things I’m forgetting, but it’s a start and you need a start!