Web server requirements

Martin Tournoij carpetsmoker at gmail.com
Sat Aug 19 19:23:41 UTC 2006

On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 20:55:59 +0200, Dearment, Alaric J  
<ajdearment at bsu.edu> wrote:

> I'm the on-line editor of expo, Ball State University's student-run  
> magazine. We're reviving our Web site, and I've been thinking seriously  
> about running it off a FreeBSD-based server. However, I'm not sure what  
> kinds of system requirements I'll have.
> The school has roughly 20,000 students and the magazine comes out once a  
> semester. If I were to guess, I'd say we'll be having 100 people on the  
> server at once on busy days, most of whom will be on campus. In addition  
> to articles, the server will probably offer a 10- to 15-minute video  
> and/or podcast to go with the cover story. Also, the server will also be  
> used as a mail server and file server, though file services will likely  
> only be needed for a couple of days each semester and E-mail accounts  
> will only be for staff to do things such as receive feedback on articles  
> and so forth.
> What sorts of requirements would such a server need as far as processor,  
> RAM and HD are concerned, assuming it would be running on FreeBSD? Would  
> a machine with 512M of RAM, a 140G HD and 1.2GHz processor work?

That will probably be enough.

The Slackware site runs on a PIII 600 with 512MB RAM,  

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