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Hey all.

When it comes to building websites, I know what I am doing.

When it comes to RAM and Processors, I dont know what is good and what is, err, not good. (Doesn't help the fact I am on holiday so brain turned off)

Anyway, I am thinking of a small purchase.

I WANT:
I want a laptop running on LINUX OS.
This is because I build websites using PHP and want an area I can practice certain Linux features.

I will run Apache on the laptop and want a localhost working, so when I go to meetings, I can take the laptop and show the client (or who ever) how the website looks.

I also want make changes to the text.

I also want to use the laptop to browse the net and play small games like solitare.

I am not looking for powerful WOW laptop, cheap that can do basic things.

Looking, now notice DELL do Linux, I wanted to check if the following specs would be OK for what I want.

(Knowing Nothing about Linux, mainly checking Ubuntu)

CHECK:
Would Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 be ok as a Linux OS for adding Apache for above.

Will the following specs be good enough to run the system.

N-Series-Intel® Celeron® M 520 Processor (1.6GHz,533MHz,1MB cache)

512MB 533MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x512]

60GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive

N-Series - Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory

6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)
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Would Ubuntu Edition version 7.04 be ok as a Linux OS for adding Apache for above.

Not perfect, but "ok" yes.
It's been working for me.


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N-Series-Intel® Celeron® M 520 Processor (1.6GHz,533MHz,1MB cache)

Plenty.
I have a box with a third of that power running Ubuntu.


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512MB 533MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x512]

Plenty.
My box is using a quarter of that.

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60GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive

Even 40GB would be plenty for what you're doing, external hard drives are definately the way to go for laptops.


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N-Series - Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory

Plenty.
If the settings enable it, lower the amount of shared memory used to about 64 or 128.


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6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)

Battery life really isn't an issue if presentations happen primarily in offices where AC power is available.
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i agree with joebert.
i'm using 7.04 instead of XP on my desktop, running my windows games, a local web server, ..pretty much everything i want :]
and voila. no worries about virus' and spyware, lol
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Sounds good so far. The thing I would do to ubuntu though is get rid of sudo, and make a real root account instead. If you are intending the machine to be a "live" webserver it is a huge security issue as it is very easy to brute force. (that's what my security professional associates report anyway)

This shouldn't be a problem in your case, but good setups advise it.
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tis true. anyone gains access to your user info or gets ahold of your sudo token and your server is compromised.
links:
Using sudo to Keep Admins Honest? sudon't!: http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.c ... hp/3641911
SuDo security threat prevention: http://www.securiteam.com/unixfocus/3Y5QCR5N5O.html

it makes sense. especially if your server is openly accessible by the public.

more info..
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
looks like a common protection from brute force ssh attacks is pam-abl
http://www.linux.com/articles/60955
extra info for protecting the su command
http://antionline.com/showthread.php?t=230246

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