The best Server

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Jul 9 22:55:41 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:

> On 07/09/2008 07:19 AM, Rashkae wrote:
>> The real difference between server and desktop is the choice of default
>> packages.  If you want a server that can also double as a workstation
>> when needed (a good idea in most cases, methinks), either install server
>> packages on your desktop, or install ubuntu-desktop package on your
>> server, then remove gdm from your runlevel 2.  That way, at boot, non of
>> the graphic apps are loaded (because as conventional Slashdot wisdom
>> asserts, having X running in the background is a huge drain on resources
>> of your server.. </sarcasm>.  If you then want to use a desktop on your
>> server, log in at terminal and re-acquaint yourself with good ol' "starx"
> Can you advise on how to remove gdm from runlevel 2? I'd like to give
> this a try. Thanks.

The _simple_ solution is to delete the symlinks to /etc/init.d/gdm
from /etc/rc2.d/.  The correct solution involves "update-rc.d".

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