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

Neal McBurnett neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
Thu Jul 31 18:01:24 BST 2008


On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 06:14:06PM -0700, Anthony Watters 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.

Thanks for the input.  Note that's the wrong URL for the CentOS-based
SME Server, aka E-smith.  See

 http://www.smeserver.org/
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SME_Server
 http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=smeserver

Many of us agree that a really friendly Ubuntu offering for the home
or small business server market is a high priority, and we've been
tossing around ideas for some time now.  What we really need is more
testers and contributors to eBox, and some more upgraded specs along
the lines of

 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuEasyBusinessServer
 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EboxSpec

Please join the Server Team and get involved!

 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam

Cheers,

Neal McBurnett                 http://mcburnett.org/neal/

> It is only a matter of time before people start running servers from home
> (check out Windows Home Server and no doubt Apple will have something up its
> sleeves before very long too). Ubuntu server should be leading the way and
> definitely before Microsoft cooks up its next bit of mischief. The last thing
> people want is to have to mess around down in the bowels to configure the thing
> (should be easy).
> 
> The server section of the 2007 "The Official Ubuntu Book" is way too vague too
> and designed to scare people from using the server.
> 
> Preconfigure the thing, give it a GUI web admin, make it easy for someone to
> set up a Web server/Webmail/File server either in server only mode or server
> and gateway mode. All I should need to set up is a couple of users, provide the
> IP address and say whether I want RAID and maybe how I want the partitions
> configured (but with suggested recommendations along the way at every step).
> 
> I have my own registered domain currently hosted with an ISP. I want to move it
> into my home. How to do it? That's where the focus should be. There are many,
> many thousands like me.



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