I am excited about linux. So lets get started.
My Primary goal is to build a server out of my laptop. Server functions: Standalone, apps, database, and file. [Ordered in personal task preference]
My hand me down laptop is a:
Thinkpad 600e 2645-55u
Win98se: This OS is huge taking up 2gig can i shrink it down? Remove unneccessary stuff?
PII. not sure speed maybe 400mhz
128.mb ram (can someone help with matching the ram to this model?, i need to boost it)
6gig HD - 3gig occupied. Where Can i buy a HD on ebay, cheap and good?
USB doesnt work (still trying to resolve this, any idea's?)
Connect via wifi pc-card
cd/dvd drive. No writables
Can someone help me with:
What options in distros do I have for this hardware configiration?
How to setup a server?
How to dual/mutlistep boot the OS?
How to partition the HD without worrying about the win98se operating system being affected?
Can I have kde/gnome desktop enviroment with good performance with this hardware?
Can I run CAD software, simulations, and calcalation software on this machine successfully?
Can you recommend software for any of the questions I asked?
I need LAMP? And a How to use LAMP
What I hope to get out of this:
My underlying goal is to create a powerful, agile, scalable, quiet, just works, runs 3-d apps, runs simulations /calulations, reliable system. Which can serve as a server, hosting a web site, performing supercomputer calculations, my day-to-day stuff, and work on patent designs and software designs.
I have almost no working knowledge of code. But I would like to learn the basics and learn where to go to get answers fast.
I am overly cautious, so I want to get the info before I go in and play with the computer. If you dont mind can you take things step-by-step as some of the topics will put me through my paces. I dont want to mess it up. But I find that preparation and advice can resolve forseeable problems and avoid confusion for me.
So if you dont mind helping this newbie learn to walk in linux. Send your advice.