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Help on hardware and software recommendation

 
Marvin Bau
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I'm planning to host my own website, only for personal use. The content is mostly photos, calendar, forum, blog, file sharing, mail, etc. I'm going to use the following technologies:

Tomcat
Java 5
Spring
Hibernate
Maximum 10 simulteneous users

Can you recommend what hardware (dell, hp, etc) and software (linux, mysql, mail server, etc) to accomplish my task? My budget is $700. Also, my experience is mostly Java devt so I'm considering low learning curve for my hardware/software maintenance.

Thanks in advance
 
Dirk Weibel
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You want the lowest-end dedicated server you can find, or even a virtual private server (VPS). I'm guessing 256MB RAM if you can live without a database. I'd suggest using Tomcat for your web server to keep things simple. Tomcat can serve up your HTML, images, etc. for a low volume site as you suggest.
 
Nicholas Jordan
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I suggest you try not to use brand names of commercial products, open source type supplies is okay. Buy from an electronics vendor if possible, Java has a web server built into the documentation if you unpack the sources. I got it running with suprisingly minimal effort and it ( of all things ) can do https and ( if you can figure out out to do some other crypto stuff - which I did not ) any box a friend has that is throwaway can be used for initial get-going.
 
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