View Full Version : [ubuntu] How to install Ubuntu server edition?

October 2nd, 2008, 09:42 PM
Good Day,

I purchased an Ubuntu v8.04.1 DVD that supposedly has desktop and server editions. I have a multiboot environment with Windows XP Professional on the primary partition while Ubuntu is part of a logical partition or extension. I installed Ubuntu using all defaults but I am not sure what edition that I installed since I was not prompted. How do I insure that I install server vs. desktop?


October 2nd, 2008, 10:00 PM
A quick way to tell whether you installed the desktop or the server is if it boots to command prompt, you installed the server. If it boots to a desktop you installed the desktop version.

Another way is in a Applcations-->Accessories-->Terminal type:

uname -a

If you installed the desktop version, the output should look like this:

uname -a
Linux intrepid 2.6.27-4-generic #1 SMP Wed Sep 24 01:29:06 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux

For the server version it would look like this:

uname -a
Linux Willy 2.6.24-19-server #1 SMP Wed Aug 20 18:43:06 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I beleive you have to specify which version you want to install at the menu screen. Press F1 for help.


October 3rd, 2008, 02:09 AM
The server just has a command line, not a GUI desktop.