I was planning to install the latest Ubuntu 11.10. I mostly plan to install the server edition. I am having a 4GB ram and a 500gb hdd on an intel core 2 duo processor which I want to make good use of.

Apart from hosting a site on the server , I'm not sure about what are the other advantages of installing the server edition over the desktop. I plan to use the m/c for development purposes also.

Can you kindly provide me more info on the pros and cons of using the server/desktop edition(specifically for Ubuntu 11.10) so that I could better decide which would suit my requirements before proceeding with the installation.

I did have a look at What's the difference between the server version and the desktop version? for more info, although useful, its not detailed and not specific to the Ubuntu version I'm referring to.

Thank you very much for your time.

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    possible duplicate of [What's the difference between the server version and the desktop version? ](askubuntu.com/questions/31081/…) Oct 27, 2011 at 8:39
  • 11.10 is an old unsupported version, do you mean 13.10 ?
    – NGRhodes
    Nov 1, 2013 at 17:47
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    Thats an old question, not "off topic because about an EOL version".
    – guntbert
    Nov 1, 2013 at 21:17

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no gui for the server edition

if you plan to use it as a daily workspace and you're not already fully familiar with command only, you'd better install the desktop edition.You can also host a website by using the desktop edition decided by which web server you're using.

btw, install x64 version will make good use of your 4GB RAM,:-)

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    32-bit Linux can totally make use of 4Gb RAM, it's absolutely not a reason to choose a 64-bit version.
    – Sergey
    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:32
  • Hi Sevan, Thanks for your answer.. when one can host a site through their desktop edition, then for what specific reason would one prefer the server over the desktop version..? . I was reading that the bundled packages could would differ b/w the two versions.. Oct 27, 2011 at 12:07
  • yeah,u're right! The desktop version has many bundled packages and mostly are for GUI use. Besides, server version has LAMP in it, you don't need to reconfigure it by yourself.
    – SevanJoe
    Oct 27, 2011 at 13:23
  • btw, x86 version could read 2^32 unit at most. But your device such as Graphics Card will occupy some memory, so it'll not fully use 4GB. x64 version is very popular nowadays, you can even add RAM later.
    – SevanJoe
    Oct 27, 2011 at 13:25
  • Seems like Desktop version would serve my purpose well.. I have a little confusion in now choosing between 32 and 64 bit.. any enlightenment on when to use what would be of great help.. The download link of Ubuntu 11.10(ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download) suggests 32 bit, however this link(help.ubuntu.com/community/32bit_and_64bit) seems to favor 64 bit.. Thanks.. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:29

But if the computer you are installing on is a stand alone computer, and you plan on accessing the server from another computer it's wiser to use Ubuntu server. It doesn't install GNOME or any GUI or office programs just base Linux and the services you select at boot. It's also tends to be more secure.

  • Thanks satempler, Good point.. but the m/c on which I plan to do the setup is not at a remote location.. Nov 5, 2011 at 13:53

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