Best Linux Server OS

July 1, 2010 at 18:55:02
Specs: Windows 98 & 95
Hello, I am looking for a Linux server OS with a GUI. I would prefer one built around Debian with the Gnome GUI, but, I don't really care. I know some people think that a Linux server should be in terminal mode, but, I don't understand any of the terminal stuff and no one I know knows linux. I also know that you can use the "sudo apt get-install ubuntu-desktop" command, but, our network requires DNS servers to be entered and I don't know how to do this in terminal mode.

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#1
July 1, 2010 at 23:41:10
Server distros as a rule don't have graphical interfaces by default. You would have to either install the desktop later on (which you apparently can't do because you can't operate a command line), or use a desktop distro, which may have a slight performance penalty in some situations. Debian with GNOME, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint all match your general criteria.

P.S. - The command line is often faster and even easier to use in some cases. You aren't doing yourself any favors by avoiding it. Specifying the DNS server is part of a text-mode install for both Debian and Ubuntu Server.


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#2
July 2, 2010 at 03:05:38
I think you just answered your question. Ubuntu is built on Debian and you can install the GUI using the command you already specified. Contrary to what the above poster says you can install the desktop after installation of the server. There isnt an option to install the "desktop" ( As of Ubuntu 7.04 the last one that i did it on ) during installation. Either that or install Webmin on the box and access it via a webrowser from any of terminal on the same subnet.

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#3
July 2, 2010 at 12:13:03
I didn't say you couldn't install the desktop afterward; I said he doesn't like using the command line.

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#4
July 2, 2010 at 13:17:19
Sever OS is more a choice based on business needs and support staff.

See distrowatch.com for the top 20 distros. There are plenty of choices. Is is simple enough to add in a a gui if you don't have it. Many do offer it built in too.

That whole deal is different from your network issue.

What do you want to do with this server?

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#5
July 14, 2010 at 22:30:01
"I also know that you can use the "sudo apt get-install
ubuntu-desktop" command, but, our network requires DNS
servers to be entered and I don't know how to do this in
terminal mode."

# sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf <-----it will ask for user password

nameserver <Your DNS Server IP>
nameserver <Sec. DNS Sever IP>

:wq <----to save the file


Now try to run the apt-get again.


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