Ubuntu as a server

Duncan Anderson duncangareth at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jan 19 12:14:47 UTC 2006

I should like to know whether it is problematic to use Ubuntu Linux as a 
host/server. In other words, should there be any problem with installing 
Ubuntu, enabling the root user login, and configuring the machine as a 
mail or proxy server or as an SQL server or the like?

It seems to me from reading this mailing list that most people use it as 
a replacement for Windows. In other words they use it as a workstation 
or home pc.

Do any of the members of this list have any suggestions, advice, 
warnings, caveats, or otherwise to offer me regarding Ubuntu's use as a 

I work with Mandrake, RedHat, SUSe, Debian and FreeBSD machines 
configured as servers (or hosts, a term which I prefer in the context of 
UNIX/Linux) as well a various flavours of UNIX. I am curious to find out 
whether anyone sees Ubuntu as a serious rival to SUSe or RHEL or 
Mandrake Enterprise or the like.

My gut feeling is that there should be no problem with getting it to act 
as a reliable back office machine.

The reason I am asking about this is because "Universe" and "Multiverse" 
software repositories are very impressive, and I like the Debian package 
management format.

Hoping for a bit of feedback...


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