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I have started using linux(ubuntu 9.10) on a standalone PC so i can't try out the tasks that require connection to a server.Can I set up a server on the same PC and use it as a client too? If not, what are the possible alternatives to practice the tasks that require a server??
Setup of both Server and PC is possible on a standalone PC, if PC has enough hardware configuration. You can use virtualization and setup both server & client on the same machine. Below is the link to guide how to setup VMPlayer under Ubuntu 9.10: http://ubuntuguide.net/how-to-instal...in-ubuntu-9-10
I would suggest setup Server as native OS on PC and then use vmware player to setup a virtualized client.
Could you elaborate on the tasks you are looking for? You could install any supported package either using apt or from source. It should not be a problem. Most of the server packages are available in the repositories. You would not have to worry too much about installing if you have internet connection and I suppose you have one if you are writing here.
It would be more helpful if you said what your requirements are and what you are trying to achieve.