Edition Basics: Here’s the Difference

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What's the difference between Ubuntu's Desktop & Server editions, whether for Lucid Lynx 10.04 or otherwise?

Essentially, the kernel. Server's is configured for the demands of a web server, Desktop's for those of an office production & multimedia environment.

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Ubuntu Desktop is bundled with a suite of handy applications. Straight out of the box, you can surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images, organize media, chat, store online docs and more.

And, of course, Desktop's graphic user interface (GUI) makes it easy to see what you're doing.

Ubuntu Server is an OS that's cut to the bone, honed to process only those tasks that are key to its purpose, such as email and websites. There is no GUI.

Should I use Lucid Lynx 10.04 Desktop or Server edition?

You could use either, whether for a local development requirement or to run your live web server (although it would waste resources to use Desktop for that.) Tailoring either is simply to add and delete whatever packages you want. For example, with Server, you can add a friendly GUI with a single command.

In practice, though, for most of us, we'd be better off using Desktop for home or office (including for developing non-live web applications) and, for 100% of us, using Server edition for a live server.

If you still aren't sure, you need the Desktop edition!


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