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The Virtual Server

Debian 10.3 64bit "Buster" (Ubuntu 20.4 is very similar)

revised: 10-Mar-2022

For small entreprises, the offerings on virtual servers are most attractive as opposed to installing physical server. Here the focus is a virtual server (a linode from Linode.com but also called droplets in DigitalOcean), which among the many offering, prefer Debian 10.3 64bit) a well-established Linux OS that is support up to July 2024 (similarly Ubuntu 20.4 LTS); that is for 5 years updates will be available. Moreover this Linux OS is well-discussed, and has many points for assistance available on the Internet for both Debian and Ubuntu (which is Debian-based). To host a mailserver as well, it is recommended to choose at least that offering with 2Gb ram ($10/mo) from Linode and DigitalOcean. Linode has a backup service for USD2.50/mo (recommended) For those, seeking to establish a website only, the minimum offerings ($5/mo) from both will be sufficient. For even modest budgets, other providers such as Virmach.com, an adequate server can be as economical as USD2/mo. Lastly, there is a remarkable offer by Oracle.com - Free Cloud providing a remarkable server with 4 processors, 2Gb ram and 45Gb storage (Debit/Credit card required). For a good overview of that offering, see this Youtube-OracleFree presentation.

Note: Our experience with Linode has been excellent and our preferred choice. That said, DigitalOcean is similarly well-structured. Both offer an excellent set of tutorials, openly accessible all. However, if one wishes to move from one hosting service to another in the future, it may be useful to use the DNS services from the domain provider (eg. DomainPriceRight.com)

As one prepares to engage either one of these services, one will require:

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