Hmm... now you make me think about it, perhaps it wouldn't be such a good idea.
I probably need to download a newer distribuition and try it, I do want to play around with it. However I don't want to have to format my hard drive as I've got lots of important data and I've only got one partiton on my main drive. I do have a second drive though which is my old 15gb. If I installed linux on that how would the dual boot thing work?
I am expecting at least 20 visitors at a given time when the site fully kicks off. This is going be no low rent poorly excuted site.
phpBB it is then Now I've got the impossible task of find a cheap host that offers MySQL that is also very reliable and has decent bandwidth allowance.
Well, unless you reeeeally need mySQL for other stuff, or you're expecting the site traffic to be really quite heavy, why not go for YaBB or something else that doesn't require it?
What does Yabb use access or something? I would prefer MySQL for compatibility reasons as I know a lot about PHP/MySQL and I know its reliable.
Just that YaBB is an cheap option as generally hosting with MySQL costs more than without.
It actually uses a flatfile system, hence the warning about traffic etc.