yeah a basic centos desktop runs happily on 128mb. Ive run a server on 64 quite happily before as well.
Its got lots of Graphical configuration tools for things like services and webserver and is secure by default. if you have ever installed an os the (graphical) installer should be easy peasy (theres a text one too if you want to use it) - the inly potential problem you may have is with partitioning but you can have it do that all for you by just telling it whether ou want to use the whole disk or just any free space (just remember NOT to choose the server class of install if you want a GUI - choose custom then just tick the boxes for whatver you need it to do)
Not as good looking as suse but more practical (suse is almost as bad as vista with RAM)
CentOS is a very stable system too, not very cuttin gedge but functional nonetheless
Version 4.4 is guaranteed patches for a year and critical security updates until nearly 2012 too
well I think this is the final configuration we're going to go with.
CPU - Pentium Dual-Core 2.4GHz? (800FSB)
RAM - 4GB (4x1024mb) 533Mhz
HDD - RAID 1 on two ~140GB 15,000rpm drives
OS - CentOS
What do you guys think?
We're not quite sure what board software to go with. I like vBulletin (because this site runs off it and DaniWeb pwnz ;P) but I'm also assuming that if you pay for your software it's more user friendly.
Anyone know where I can get tutorials on how to use Apache?