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What is the outlook for Ubuntu Server?

Ubuntu is positioning itself for a move into the small and midsize business server market with several recent moves.

Is Ubuntu getting ready to make a big splash in the Linux server market, just as it has on the desktop? Blogger Matthew McKenzie thinks so. In his article, "Ubuntu Eyes The Linux Server Landscape,"he notes that Ubuntu Server is making moves that position it well to compete in the small and midsize business market:

Due to Canonical's policy of issuing major updates every six months with fixed-length support windows and long-term support options, Ubuntu gives businesses a stable, predictable foundation upon which to make IT planning decisions.

McKenzie also cites the release of Landscape -- a systems management tool for Ubuntu desktops and servers -- that reduces the complexity of similar tools for Red Hat and Novell enterprise systems. There are also deals involving Ubuntu Server with IBM and possibly Sun that signal further forays into the server market.

McKenzie's outlook is sunny; for a more skeptical (but not terrible) review of Ubuntu Server, see Carla Schroder's post at enterprisenetworkingplanet.com.

And here is a tutorial from Howtoforge, if you've been thinking about setting up an Ubuntu Server: The Perfect Server - Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (Ubuntu 7.10).

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8 comments
Jaqui
Jaqui

they get rid of the worst gui possible, GNOME, and get rid of the critical flaw in their configuration. no root password is a$$inine on ANY os. won't touch their GARBAGE until they fix those two problems.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

has no gui. Look into it Jaqui, its a little different then the Desktop. Also, setting a root password only takes a few minutes.

Jaqui
Jaqui

insist on not setting the root password by default, it is not secure and is not worth looking at. that's like running every windows computer as "ADMINISTRATOR" without a password.

Sporkman
Sporkman

With the root password not set, you cannot log on as root (i.e. no password is accepted). So it is *more* secure than having a root password set, all else being equal.

Selena Frye
Selena Frye

What do you think of Ubuntu's readiness for the SMB server space?

jlwallen
jlwallen

personally i think ubuntu server is one of the best linux servers i have ever worked with. 6.10 was amazing. it took everything i threw at it and just continued to chug on. i think this ubuntu server is ready and has been for a while.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

But I would like to see a bit more documentation on it. By default, Ubuntu Desktop uses Dash instead of Bash. Does Server do the same? A few more notes on Ubuntu specific changes would be welcome, but otherwise, I think its more then ready.

martian
martian

We've migrated our RH9 mail and intranet server into a shiny new Ubuntu Server 6.10 a while back and it is great. Other than a failed HDD a while ago, which we recovered from rather nicely, it is flawless.