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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I attempted to go with slackware initially, but met with too much technical difficulty. I'll be keeping slackware on it's own partition, but now I want something more intuitive, being inexperienced with Linux. I'll be using a new version to become familiar with Linux, while using it to test scripts immediately & host my own website soon after. I'm looking for an easy, clean installation & setup, will be using Apache as a web server, some kind of database server, and whatever useful services I might discover later. The idea I'm after is a server that evolves with a startup busines (HowTos)