I'm building a render farm and wanted to use it like a little server for my home.
The main question is: What is better? Install ubuntu server and then install the desktop from apt-get to get an interface or install the desktop edition and then install mysl, php and others?
Since the desktop edition has more latency since the 250 interrupts in the kernel and the server edition has only 100 interrupts in the kernel.
The server kernel is set to a timer interrupt rate of 100 Hz (CONFIG_HZ=100, CONFIG_HZ_100=y), which means it accepts 100 interrupts per second. Another way to think of this is the kernel looks up and peers around 100 times per second for something to do. The desktop kernel is set to 250 Hz — lower numbers equal lower overhead and higher latency; higher numbers equal higher overhead and lower latency. Higher numbers generally mean the system feels more responsive, at the price of higher CPU usage. Some processes require more interrupts; for example, video processing and VoIP servers need 1000 Hz. If you need to change the Hz value it requires a kernel re-compile.
More info: The render farm consist in multiple machines. The a master node with hard drive and the other nodes will boot using lan (PXE).
Have in mind that the main archieve is build a render farm.