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I am thinking of trying to get into the web hosting market. I plan on running Linux and Apache to cover the web server, but will I also need an email or ftp server, and if so, is that also available in a Linux flavor? Lastly, can all this be run on one machine?
Any help would be appreciated.
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Yes, there are lots of email servers for Linux. Popular ones are sendmail (probably built-in already, but renowned as difficult to configure) qmail (simpler, but generally easier to get right than sendmail) and Exim (all config can be held in a database, so great for automatically updated settings). FTP should also be there already, but there are plenty of alternatives to whatever one came with your distribution.
As for "can it all be on one machine?" Sure. lots of webhosting companies (my own included) do this for some customers. If a customer is a real heavy user it might be better to split out some functions to other machines.
You probably also want to run some sort of DNS server. "bind" is probably included, but I prefer "djbdns" - it's much easier to configure, very quick and very reliable.
A web search should find details on any of these products.
However. Unless you have an "edge", it can be very hard to make any money from web hosting, especially if you don't love tinkering with system stuff. There are so many companies now offering huge bundles of features for a few bucks a month that an independent has to offer something extra.
 
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