Choosing your client machine
The client you use is less critical than the server. After all, hopefully thousands of people on different machines will hopefully be reading your pages, and it should really matter what kind of machines they have, anyway. There are only a few criteria for the client machine:
In afix, of course, you can use the client as the server; the X Mosaic can talk to http services on the same machine, and Windows NT (I think) can pull a similar trick. With Windows or the Mac, it'll be pretty much just like reading files from a browser.
- Don't use something so ancient that you can't stand to use it, but you don't need a powerful UNIX or Windows NT machine for this.
- It's helpful if you can use the client to create and edit HTML and images to post on the server, especially if you're using a UNIX server.
- It can be a machine you do lots of other work on; setting up the client only means installing a browser and a bit of networking software, which isn't nearly as complex a process as building a server.
Personally, I advise using a Macintosh for the client. There's nothing better for displaying and editing graphics, browsers seem to run faster, and System 7.5 makes TCP/IP over ethernet extremely easy, much easier than Windows. I'll cover this in more detail in the step-by-step explanation of my own Mac/Linux setup.
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