I’ve been learning about building Rails apps for about 8 months but I
don’t really know how servers work or how to build a server. I have an
old 450 GHz Pentium computer I can play with. Since I use OS X, I was
thinking about installing a BSD system and trying to make a
MySQL/Rails server. That is about all I know about servers.
How does a server in my house get connected to the actual internet? I
suppose I would need a fixed IP and a special connection (not cable
modem?). Can I just connect the server to my router and surf to it
from my Mac?
Any pointers about where I can learn this stuff?