Disappointed with Ubuntu Server, could be used by such a wider audience

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Thu Jul 31 15:49:10 UTC 2008

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Tony Yarusso wrote on 31/07/08 16:18:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 8:14 PM, Anthony Watters
> <tonyozwatters at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> The Ubuntu server should come in two offerings; i.e. the unfriendly
>> existing Ubuntu server, and, more importantly to the masses, a
>> friendly pre-configured Ubuntu server that uses SME Server
>> (http://smeserver.com) and ClarkConnect (http://clarkconnect.com) as
>> a starting point only not crippled, and much better.
> a)  It's not unfriendly to those who run servers and know how these
> things are supposed to work.

That's begging the question: it's assuming that the only people who
should use a server are those who have the time to learn how to set up
Ubuntu Server in its current form.

A few months ago I had a chat with one of the IT staff at my old high
school. He uses a variety of Linux-based OSes, including Ubuntu (though
he prefers Linux Mint). He'd like to use Ubuntu Server for the school
network, and tried it, but had to give up after a few minutes because it
had no graphical configuration. He just doesn't have that much time. So,
they're still using Windows servers.

> I still don't know what you mean by "preconfigure".  Shall someone
> from Canonical come out to survey my setup and interview me about my
> needs, go back to their office and configure it, then ship it out to
> me?  No configuration will be shared from one user to another, so
> shipping anything by default would be worthless.  If you need someone
> else to configure it, you want to hire an Ubuntu server administration
> consultant.

I'm glad that Ubuntu's desktop edition doesn't take that attitude. :-)

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