Low end PC as home server, what package should I install?

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Tue Feb 19 20:46:41 UTC 2008

On 02/19/2008 12:02 PM, Kent Borg wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> Install the standard desktop version (Gnome/Ubuntu or KDE/Kubuntu -
>> whichever you are most familiar with).
> As has been said, not installing a GUI version of Ubuntu will save you a 
> lot of RAM usage. If you can manage the machine from a command line, do 
> so, that will make your machine more powerful.

I agree. However, if this is the first time for setting one up I'd still
recommend putting a desktop on first, at least until he gets the basics
down. It's rather difficult for first time admin setting up a server
from command line only -- I've a lot of experience in the 'screw it up'
using command line only category:-) Afterwards then I'd suggest doing as
you recommend below.

> Alternatively, install a GUI version, but don't actually *run* the GUI 
> when you are not logged in doing maintenance. Even when not logged in 
> GDM will take a lot of RAM. 192 MB is a decent amount of RAM for running 
> Samba, NFS, a lightly loaded web server, etc. But when running a GUI 192 
> MB is only just maybe barely enough RAM.
> -kb, the Kent who believes in mostly headless servers.

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