RE: servers text VS gui

From: Matt Keys 
Smaller security footprint (less things to hack/patch), smaller ram
footprint, and smaller disk footprint. The same reasons ESXi or any good
hypervisor is really small. You can still run graphical applications on a
server without installing an entire desktop like gnome or similar. On ubuntu
server for example, just install the xterm package and it'll give you
everything you need to ssh -X -C to your box (or putty + xming from winders)
and launch whatever gui app you want to launch. For CentOS/RHEL it's xterm
and xorg-x11-xauth packages.


From: []
On Behalf Of Garrett Gaston
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:26 PM
Subject: [Chugalug] servers text VS gui


I read a lot on how important it is to have text terminal servers only with
no GUI. I understand how it might help a hard working server's processing
power to not wast memory running a GUI, but since you can simply change the
run level the only real advantage I see to installing a server without a GUI
is to save a little hard disk space. Is there any other advantage to
installing Linux serves distro rather than a normal desktop edition that I'M
not seeing? Thanks.


Garrett Gaston

=============================================================== From: Matt Keys ------------------------------------------------------ +1 - Best answer of them all! -----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Mike Harrison Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 6:18 AM To: CHUGALUG Subject: Re: [Chugalug] servers text VS gui Dave, Ben and Matt's reasons were all valid and excellent. My #1 reason to not run a GUI/X on servers we install in other places: It scares the hell out of the Microsoft centric IT people. So they don't mess with it as much. They tend to click on stuff to see what it does when they have a GUI.

=============================================================== From: Garrett Gaston ------------------------------------------------------ Thanks=2C what is webmin?

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ web based solution. although if your using ubuntu, they suggest not using webmin as it does weird things to current ubuntu configs. try ispconfig instead. ----- Garrett Gaston wrote: