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    Question Command Line or GUI

    I am setting up a server right now and would like to know if I should install a GUI or stay with CLI. Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Command Line or GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by roffisserver View Post
    I am setting up a server right now and would like to know if I should install a GUI or stay with CLI. Thanks for the help!
    servers should have CLI and no GUI, if you need to ask the question i presume you are inexperienced and so CLI will be a learning curve.

    It comes down to what you know and can use, for performance and resources for the purposes of a server then CLI, but depends on your experience.

    If you need a GUI i suggest a lightweight one such as LXDE or XFCE etc

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    Re: Command Line or GUI

    If you need a GUI you might as well install Ubuntu Desktop. Ubuntu server does not come with a GUI, so if you're up to the task, it's a great way to learn about Linux and use minimal resources.
    Last edited by rubylaser; April 6th, 2012 at 08:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubylaser View Post
    I you need a GUI you might as well install Ubuntu Desktop. Ubuntu server does not come with a GUI, so if you're up to the task, it's a great way to learn about Linux and use minimal resources.
    well the trouble with Ubuntu desktop it is Gnome and heavy.

    For a server a lightweight alternative is best if you really need a GUI in my opinion anyways.

    If it is for playing and testing then everything can be done on a desktop edition, if you want the benefits of server version for a server role then CLI or lightweight DE at a push.

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    Re: Command Line or GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by haqking View Post
    well the trouble with Ubuntu desktop it is Gnome and heavy.

    For a server a lightweight alternative is best if you really need a GUI in my opinion anyways.

    If it is for playing and testing then everything can be done on a desktop edition, if you want the benefits of server version for a server role then CLI or lightweight DE at a push.

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    I totally agree, I was stating this for the OP. If he's not experienced with the CLI, which based on the question, I'm sure he isn't, then Ubuntu Desktop would be the easiest way to get it working. Otherwise, he'll still have to install the server, and download the necessary packages to setup his lightweight DE of choice. Not that this is difficult, but may be confusing for a new CLI user. Obviously, spending the time to line to use the CLI, is really time well spent.
    Last edited by rubylaser; April 6th, 2012 at 08:41 PM.

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    Talking Re: Command Line or GUI

    Thanks for the help! I think I will stick with command line. I like CMI better then a GUI anyways.

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    Re: Command Line or GUI

    Good choice Post back if you have any questions, you'll see many people are happy to help you learn.

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    Re: Command Line or GUI

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    Re: Command Line or GUI

    How much RAM does the server have? If it is under 1GB and you are using a newer version of Ubuntu, I'd still to GUI only to make sure the programs you are running have the most resources available to them.

    If you've never administrated a Ubuntu server, I'd recommend a UI however as doing everything by command line is challenging for beginners (but it is ultimately more powerful).
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    Re: Command Line or GUI

    CLI with webmin will help administer your server better .
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