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Old 10-09-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Determine if Ubuntu Desktop Can be Used for Home Media Server


Hello Friend, I am new to Linux and happy to have this site. I am building a Home Media Server I am trying to determine if Ubnutu Desktop can be used for the Server since I read that the server version does not GUI.
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Hello Friend, I am new to Linux and happy to have this site. I am building a Home Media Server I am trying to determine if Ubnutu Desktop can be used for the Server since I read that the server version does not GUI.
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Yes it can. You could also install the server version and add a GUI later with

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apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
What for does your friend need a GUI on the server? You could also install XFCE instead of Unity with


Code:
apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
 
Old 10-09-2015, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks friends for your quick response, like I said I am new to Linux and because of sites like yours that answers question for newbies like me I think might have to go with the Ubuntu Server, my only issue is that my main home computer is running Windows 10, which I tell you was a big mistake to upgrade from Windows 7 it the current OS. Now that I might use my windows computer to access the server I thought installing GUI will make that easier as I understand that OpenSSH is not native to windows OS. So now is how do I use windows computer to access the Ubuntu Server? An while we are at it, is there a step-by-guide for installing and configuring Ubuntu 14.4 Server?
Thanks guys for your help.
 
Old 10-09-2015, 05:57 PM   #4
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For most users, almost any of the modern linux big name distro's could be an excellent choice for a home server. Look at almost any of the top 20 and www.distrowatch.com for some ideas. Try a few too. See how you like them. Consider Debian or Opensuse too would be my suggestion.
 
Old 10-09-2015, 06:06 PM   #5
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An while we are at it, is there a step-by-guide for installing and configuring Ubuntu 14.4 Server?
If you are looking for some documentation about Ubuntu Server maybe this is what you need. It was wrote for 14.04 but I think that there are very few differences between 14.04 and 14.4 versions.
 
Old 10-09-2015, 06:49 PM   #6
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Thanks friends for your quick response, like I said I am new to Linux and because of sites like yours that answers question for newbies like me I think might have to go with the Ubuntu Server, my only issue is that my main home computer is running Windows 10, which I tell you was a big mistake to upgrade from Windows 7 it the current OS. Now that I might use my windows computer to access the server I thought installing GUI will make that easier as I understand that OpenSSH is not native to windows OS. So now is how do I use windows computer to access the Ubuntu Server?
Depends on what you mean by "acess the ... server"? To remotely login on a terminal you can use Putty on Windows. To access files on the server you install Samba and configure samba shares. If you unfamiliar with the command line, you could install Webmin and make changes on the configuration via any web browser on any PC in your network.
 
Old 10-09-2015, 09:32 PM   #7
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If you do a web search for "media server [distro name]," you will find many tutorials and articles about how to set up a media server.
 
  


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