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I dont have an actual server, am i able to run Ubuntu server 12.10 on a desktop computer?

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Why do you want a Server system? Ubuntu desktop has all the abilities of a server system, but is configured to be more responsive when used by a local/remote user. If you edit to add exactly what you need, I could tell you if you should use Desktop or server edition. – David Kohen Jan 13 '13 at 14:25
@DavidKohen The difference between desktop and server responsiveness were a consequence of different kernel compilation options (primarily the size of the time quantum). That no longer applies as of Ubuntu 12.04--in 12.04 and later versions, the desktop and server kernels are the same. Therefore, unless someone is using an old version, what you've brought up here is not a consideration. – Eliah Kagan Mar 26 '13 at 13:27
Still, the differences in the editions does not limit one from using a "desktop" edition as a server, and that's why I wrote the comment. – David Kohen Mar 26 '13 at 14:22

Yes. Ubuntu server will run fine on a desktop computer.

RAM and CPU power as well as HDD size will depend on what you actually want to run on the server. But Ubuntu server editions works perfectly on a desktop computer.

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Yes it works. I've tried it on my Laptop and everything is fine. You can install all normal packages like openssh, apache2 and lots more.

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