Ubuntu as a server
ubuntu at tonix.org
Thu Jan 19 12:44:42 UTC 2006
On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 02:14:47PM +0200, Duncan Anderson wrote:
> 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?
I run a couple of Internet facing servers (they're virtual under Xen)
as well as some boxes that are on fixed ip ADSL and have had no more
problems (approximately none :) than with any other distro.
> 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
It's probably a good idea to limit yourself to packages from main for
Internet facing services as these are the only ones guaranteed to have
> 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.
Ubuntu has already become certified for one of IBM's databases (IIRC)
and I believe the intention is to encourage more suppliers to do the
> My gut feeling is that there should be no problem with getting it to act
> as a reliable back office machine.
I think your gut feeling is correct ;)
David Hart <ubuntu at tonix.org>
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