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Old 12-12-2005, 05:04 PM   #1
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Desktop or Server?

Ok here is what i want to do, i want to run a server off one of my computers, but i have read that if i choose the server install of linux that it doesn't have a graphical interface, but the desktop does, my question is after i install the server can i add a GUI to it, or after i install the desktop can i add the networking part into that, or if i can install a gui into the server part, will it show up all the networking stuff i need? i hope you understand all this.
Old 12-12-2005, 06:01 PM   #2
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Servers can be run entirely from the command line but, can have a graphical interface. The main idea being servers are not generally something which you sit in front of and use for desktop programs.
Desktop installs can actually become a server by installing server programs like dhcpd, named, mail server ....
For a small network like mine, the server doubles as a desktop sometimes. At any rate, Linux is flexible and very little is written in stone.
Old 12-12-2005, 06:34 PM   #3
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Whatever distro you're using just choose the custom install type and select the package groups yourself - they way you can have both desktop and server. Anyway its easy to install the extra packages you need for one or the other after the install.


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