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    General Question

    This may be a stupid question, but here goes.
    Is the server edition only available as a command prompt version, there is no Graphical User Interface for the server version?

    I'm asking as I'm completely new to linux systems, people recommended me to take up Ubuntu, as it's dummy-proof.
    Bad thing is I have zero knowledge regards to command prompts.

    I'm now running Desktop version, but hope to get to be able to know about Server edition, and use it, lesser resource hogging.

    And what happens if I want to add a new Hard disk onto my current system?

    It's a single boot Ubuntu.

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    Re: General Question

    Welcome to the forums.

    For less resource hogging use a different desktop environment. Xfce or Lxde are a start. You can install either from Software Centre, log out, choose from 'Sessions' and log in.

    For Xfce, install xfce4; for Lxde install lxde. Or you could install Xubuntu or Lubuntu or any other number of flavours and variations instead of straight Ubuntu with Unity desktop enviroment.

    If you want to add another hard drive just go ahead and add one. Format it using Gparted.

    (PS: Many use xfce for a simple, lightweight server GUI if they need one. Common. You can practice using the CLI only by attempting to do as much as you can in Ubuntu just using the terminal. You could even uninstall all your desktop environments and run Ubuntu from a terminal.)
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; January 22nd, 2013 at 02:10 PM.

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    Re: General Question

    Quote Originally Posted by thehim View Post
    This may be a stupid question, but here goes.
    Is the server edition only available as a command prompt version, there is no Graphical User Interface for the server version?

    I'm asking as I'm completely new to linux systems, people recommended me to take up Ubuntu, as it's dummy-proof.
    Bad thing is I have zero knowledge regards to command prompts.
    Yes, Ubuntu Server has a text user interface. It is possible to add a graphical desktop environment (for example light-weight LXDE), but it is not recommended.
    I'm now running Desktop version, but hope to get to be able to know about Server edition, and use it, lesser resource hogging.

    And what happens if I want to add a new Hard disk onto my current system?

    It's a single boot Ubuntu.
    But there are several ways to get a less resource-hungry system:

    1. Install Lubuntu or Xubuntu

    - Lubuntu with the ultra light-weight desktop environment LXDE
    - Xubuntu with the light-weight desktop environment XFCE

    2. Install those desktop environments into your vanilla Ubuntu. You can select desktop at the login screen.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    or only the plain desktops
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lxde
    sudo apt-get install xfce4
    3. or run a text session with the hotkey combination

    ctrl + alt + F1
    ctrl + alt + F2
    ...
    ctrl + alt + F6
    and
    ctrl + alt + F7
    to get back to the graphical screen

    4. enter the boot option text into the grub menu

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    Last edited by sudodus; January 22nd, 2013 at 02:34 PM. Reason: ninja'd by Bucky Ball

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    Re: General Question

    In order to use the server edition you must understand the command line and that takes time. Like BuckyBall said, use a lighter desktop if you find Ubuntu too heavy.

    http://xubuntu.org/

    http://lubuntu.net/

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    Re: General Question

    I use the terminal function and type in the sudo commands right?
    then after setting up, I just boot and select the lubuntu?

    installing lubuntu via terminal now

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    Re: General Question

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    Don't do this! You will create even more bloat as that will drag in all default apps from the flavour so you will end up with all Ubuntu default apps and default apps dragged in by installing *buntu-desktop. You don't want that. More resource heavy ...

    You only want the desktop environment. One or the other:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lxde
    sudo apt-get install xfce
    ... as suggested. But the xfce one is wrong. It is, as I mentioned:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce4

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    Re: General Question

    Quote Originally Posted by thehim View Post
    I use the terminal function and type in the sudo commands right?
    then after setting up, I just boot and select the lubuntu?

    installing lubuntu via terminal now
    You only want the desktop environment, lxde, not lubuntu-desktop.

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    Re: General Question

    Is there a way to clear out the previous installations?
    I closed the terminal half way through lubuntu desktop installation.

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    Re: General Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    You only want the desktop environment, lxde, not lubuntu-desktop.
    Let her/him try any of the desktop environments, and later on clear out what is not wanted according to this link

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index

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    Re: General Question

    I'm now on Xfce environment, will try it out tomorrow when I have the time.
    It's time to sleep, and it does looks alot lighter compared to the default ubuntu desktop.

    Thanks.

    EDIT,
    Any place to do read ups before attempting to do up the server on the Xfce environment?
    I'd do it tomorrow.
    Or a step-step guide on setting up servers would be good.
    Last edited by thehim; January 22nd, 2013 at 03:10 PM.

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