I have a few hobby websites that I currently host on CentOS 6. Apache, mail serving, PHP, MySQL nothing special.
In the past I used Windows XP to do this same task, for years, and I was OK. I switched to Linux and for the last few years it has been such a pain. updates break, certain apps only support certain distros without compiling from source. It prevents me from working on my hobby sites more because I am always fixing something. With Windows I locked it down, I run a hardware firewall and packet analyser, kept up on updates and A/V and never had a problem. I dont allow RDC from outside the local LAN, no FTP open, run OpenSSH on an obscure port..
I am considering switching to Windows 8 (since it is a cheaper license now that Windows 7) and running apache, HMailServer, PHP, MySQL, just like my CentOS install.
I am not familiar with Windows 8, can the above be done like XP? No new security restrictions or the OS preventing this from happening?
The machine is a Athlon 64-bit X2 with 32GB of RAM. Will Windows 8 see all of the RAM?
Technically the machine came with Windows 7, and there is a serial number on it but I am sure I wiped away the Windows 7 recovery partition when I switched to Linux....