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Old 12-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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First installation - Ubuntu server or desktop?


Salute!

I am wondering as a Linux newbie, should I install Linux server or Linux desktop (first instance with an intention of learning Linux).

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-18-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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Well it depends what you want to do with it.
If you wanted to learn windows which version would you install?
 
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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Welcome!

The answer depends entirely on what you will use the computer for.

Desktop/laptop/netbook for web surfing/word processing/music/video/games? Install Ubuntu Destkop.

Web/print/file/media server? Install Ubuntu Server.
 
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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descendant command and snowpine.
Your comments are appreciated.

Last edited by eyakibi; 12-18-2012 at 03:21 PM. Reason: handle spelling
 
Old 12-18-2012, 03:42 PM   #5
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If you are planning to set up a web site, and an email server and files share over FTP, and if you dont care about graphical interface then I would highly recommend the server version.

If you are going to do everyday computing and you really need a sleek graphical interface then go with the desktop.

Good luck to you!
 
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:52 AM   #6
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If you just want to learn, install the desktop version. That way you can learn both the GUI and the command line: you don't have to use the GUI if you don't want to.

I don't recommend Ubuntu. The documentation is poor, they're always trying to make money out of you, and they conceal that money in a tax haven.

Three distributions that stand out for the amount of documentation from which you can learn are Debian, Arch, and Slackware. Arch is difficult to install, but Bridge will do the job for you. Slackware is short on software, but Salix gives you it with lots more programs. Read the reviews listed at Distrowatch and see what you think:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=debian
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=bridge
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=salix
 
  


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