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FREE SERVER OS

adminmichael
Does anyone know of a free server operating system that is visual NOT Command Prompt?

I know of Ubuntu server but that is command prompt and i want to to look like windows server as the visual part please if you know of any please reply thanks!
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adminmichael
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Really all the time i was playing around with it and never new that how can i set that up? So i can see everything visually?

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markp24
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at the command prompt i believe you can type startx (check case, it is case sensitive, i forgot what the case should be)

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seanferd
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BSD, Linux. http://distrowatch.com/
If you don't like the desktop or window manager, or if the distro doesn't come with one, install one (or more). Best to do it from the package manager, but you can usually install any you want.

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el.baby
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The server distros are almost the same as the desktop distros. You can either install ubuntu server and add a GUI or install ubuntu desktop and add the server packages and, if that matters to you, you can even install the server-optimized kernel in your desktop distro.

You can either install ubuntu server and then run 'sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop' or install ubuntu desktop and use the software center (or synaptic or whatever you prefer) to add the server packages you want.

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mjd
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Isn't Fedora-15 out, now? That uses Gnome-3. How's that for GUI (instead of CLI)...

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adminmichael
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Yes, I have tried Fedora but that just dosnt seem to be a server it just reminds me of the ubunutu desktop so your saying that Fedora has the server ability on that because i like the way fedora is as far as desktop wise.

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el.baby
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Hi adminmichael,
If you're used to the windows world, the distinction between workstation and server is big because the 'workstation' is usually 'crippled by design' and it doesn't allow you to tweak the OS for better server performance.

In the free (as in free speech, not free beer) world, you can tune your OS so it performs better as a server or as an interactive workstation.

In any case, you're free to install whichever packages you like. One package can be the graphical user interface (and you can even choose quite a few: gnome, kde, xfce, etc), another package is the web server, another the mail server, then the file and printing services for windows, etc.

This you can do with whichever linux distro you prefer. If you're a fedora fan, go with it... if this will be a somehow critical server, I might recommend that you use CentOS rather than Fedora. CentOS is a free (as in speech AND beer) distribution based on the free (as in speech but not as in beer) RedHat Enterprise and, I think, it is more stable and with faster security patches than Fedora.

Anyway, go choose the one you prefer.

Regards.

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adminmichael
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So what you are saying is its better to use a regular pc os such as windows xp and just install server software on top of it?