Choosing a distribution

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Mon Nov 5 20:14:05 UTC 2007


Chris G wrote:

> So what does Ubuntu Server give me (or lose me) that the other Ubuntus
> don't?

I'm not sure what extra it gives you, but it is missing the desktop
stuff. Which you can add if you like!.

> OK, that's the usual way of doing it, I just wante to make sure I
> wasn't locked into a particular window mananger.

Linux tends not to lock you into anything:-)

>> There is no difference between doing su and supplying the root password
>> and type sudo -i and supplying your own password, so I've never
>> understood the big deal that is made of this.
> There is, once you've become root you can issue lots of commands as
> root rather than prefixing everything you do with sudo.

That's why I said 'sudo -i' which puts you into a rooted shell just as
su does, but it uses your password, not the root password. And it only
allows those users authorised to do so.

> I guess it's just habit, having been a Unix user since the 1980s I
> find the 'old fashioned' way of becoming root more comfortable.  :-)

Me too, but I got used to sudo and quite like it and I know my root
account cannot be hacked by password guessing etc. But you have the choice.

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