Is there a practical difference between using Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server?

I am making a VM of Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS with LXDE desktop, and it's very fast with small size on disk, even after full upgrade. It is a great learning tool, as I am building it from the ground up.

Thank you.

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    vembutech: your link answered my question, thank you. – RCline7 May 13 '15 at 15:42

Well... generally speaking, the two distributions differ in that one has a graphical environment, and the other has not. Also I guess, the kernel is compiled with less modules and optimized for other work. (pointing Ubuntu server)

The server version is more light than the desktop.

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    Do you have a reference for your assertion that the kernels are different? – steeldriver May 13 '15 at 17:05
  • On ubuntu server 14.04 sudo lsmod | wc -l 59 On Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 sudo lsmod | wc -l 87 – Peycho Dimitrov May 20 '15 at 16:32
  • There is no difference between the kernels, see help.ubuntu.com/community/… – rvighne Dec 26 '16 at 1:45
  • I said that the kernel has more modules, not different kernel. – Peycho Dimitrov Jan 13 '17 at 7:25

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