some mac mini server questions

From: Rod-Lists 
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Is the mac mini server install image a special disk?
Are they gui based servers like the mac servers of old?
And for those of you who play in both linux & mac worlds, would you recommend installing linux with a web based interface for a mac user that wants to dip their toes in the linux server waters?

=============================================================== From: Russell Campbell ------------------------------------------------------ Mac OS X server is now just Server.app that installs on regular Mac OS X. The GUI app has basic functionality but if you want to do more you have to dive in to the command line. Russell Enviado desde mi iPhone

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ Rod, There's a couple of very helpful links at the bottom of this thread: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3335129?start=3D0&tstart=3D0 The one that is especially of note, and I think will be most helpful in = your case is the Mac OS X Server Comand LIne Administration Guide.=20 X. The GUI app has basic functionality but if you want to do more you = have to dive in to the command line.=20 recommend installing linux with a web based interface for a mac user = that wants to dip their toes in the linux server waters?

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ thanks John. I seem to recall some controversy in the latest OSX server rendition. BTW I've got your cable ready. Dunno. Depending on what my friend wants use it for and the era of the machine, I'd say run it linux and headless. But I'll keep an open mind. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ Running an OS X server is a little different than running a straight Linux server. The configuration files are not always where you expect them, and if they are, the system may be using something else as apposed to the configuration files. A good example is SAMBA. While you'll find an smb.conf file present, the system doesn't rely on it for what you expect it too. Also, you cannot create users by using smbpasswd, because user and group integration is driven either by the local directory or OpenDirectory. It's best to view the open source technologies used in OS X server as "Apple-ized" versions (some would prefer bastard-ized) versions of their *nix counterparts. P.S. Call me and let me know when and where to pick up that cable. At this point, tomorrow evening s preferable.