[Novalug] beer and pizza for help
jhart at kevla.org
Sat Jul 19 14:59:19 EDT 2008
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> I don't understand server vs workstation.
> A LONG time ago, things were very different in the world. Windows made a
> distinction between servers and workstations for licensing iirc
> Under *nix, the difference tends to be what software is installed. to
> SOME people (and sometimes I am one of them, sometimes not), if there is
> a GUI (X usually), then it is more desktop than server. However, I can
> have a server w/ X and a desktop w/o.
> RedHat and SUSE both install X on their server. We can argue all day
> what is right, but we won't now.
> Now to answer (or try to) your question.
> If this is a machine that will sit on the network and not have a monitor
> connected, you can install the server version. There is probably no need
> to have X/GUI running.
> If you plan on doing things on the computer, and it is a 'newish'
> computer, then install the desktop and add the server bits as you need.
> Again, what is a server? Maybe it has DNS, or not. Maybe it has Apache
> or not. I don't know what you need. But you can easily add it.
I second this. My "file server" runs FreeNAS (FreeBSD based) running in a RAM
drive with only nfs and CIFS protocols enabled. The OS takes up about 30MB of
space. So, definitions vary.
> Under System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager
> (GNOME, forget where under KDE)
> This is a nice GUI that will help you find what you need. Search for a
> term and install.
> The line between Server and Workstation is very tenuous at best in my
> opinion. For MOST people (especially home users w/o lots of computers)
> install a desktop and add software as you need.
> Maybe this is a topic for a future meeting
> Nino Pereira wrote:
>> I had difficulty moving from the Ubunty Server install to
>> a desktop version. Your advice,
>>> and download the desktop is the easiest.
>> brings me to the opposite problem: how to install the
>> software needed for a server.
>> Any suggestions for this? I'm asking because I tried this
>> before, some time ago, and it got me into various other
>> Thank you,
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