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Old 12-07-2006, 11:23 PM   #1
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What is the difference between server and workstation?

What is the difference between server and workstation? I'm going to install Whitebox and it gives me the choice between server and workstation. If i just want everything installed because i don't care about disk space, should i just install server?

I used the "find similar threads" and couldn't really find an answer that was specific.
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I'd think that the words themselves pretty much describe their functions.

A server is a computer set up to "serve" information to other computers over a network. There are web servers, database servers, file servers, whatever. Unless you plan to host data for others to access, you won't need any of that. In the *nix world, most servers operate in text-mode only and may not even have graphic systems installed.

A workstation is just that, a computer you work on. It has the office, email, internet, and other programs that most people use every day. It can be stand-alone or connect as a client to one or more servers. The word used to refer primarily to high-powered office and engineering desktops, but that line is blurring as home systems become more powerful. So in your case, I think they're simply using workstation as a synonym for desktop computer.

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