Installing Ubuntu server

by oneafrikan on July 11, 2005

I’m busy installing Ubuntu on a home “play around and break it” machine. I had Red Hat 9 on it, but I couldn’t get access to the Red Hat Network with up2date, so I just said bugger it, and went with Ubuntu, wanting to install the server version…

However, it seems that either 2 cd’s in a row were corrupted, or my cd-rom can’t read the data from the cd (that must have been written at a fast speed?), ‘cos whenever I get to installing the base system, specifically bsdutils, the install process crashes and gives me a red screen.

The same CD installed Ubuntu on my Dell laptop fine, so I’m downloading the ISO from the Ubuntu site, and am going to write the cd at a very slow speed (4x) and see what happens – hopefully my hunch is right and it’ll install as it should…

Anyone had a similiar problem?

Found a Linux Format cover CD with ‘Hoary Hedgehog’ on it, so am busy installing using that while still downloading the ISO…

Done – all installed and looking good ;-)

OK, so I installed Ubuntu server, and you start up with a shell prompt – which is cool ‘cos you know you’re in server mode, but that’s not what I was looking for. Thought it may have been just a stripped down version of the desktop, with less desktop stuff installed, and more server stuff installed. So I re-installed the desktop. I think that one of the best features of Ubuntu (and thus Debian) is synaptic, and after doing an Ubuntu OS update, synaptic enabled me to get a full (LAMP) install done pretty quickly, and Firefox 1.0.4 which looks a whole lot better than the default version. There are also a lot of other packages that you can install if you extend your repositories, so I’m looking forward to getting some goodness soon. Only problem I have so far is that evolution doesn’t seem to have a “download headers only” option, or I’m just plain missing it…


I have also recently installed Ubuntu Server but would like to have a gui. After trying unsuccessfully to ‘pull’ Gnome from the Desktop cd, I am now looking to add a repository to get Gnome from. Using sudo apt-get install desktop returns an error – not found.

by NRTech on August 22, 2006 at 8:49 pm. Reply #

Bummer – thanks for the heads up. I’ve found that running the desktop install does the job well enough (not production machine though)…

by Gareth Knight on August 31, 2006 at 11:00 am. Reply #

dont just type sudo apt-get install desktop, it’s ubuntu-desktop, or even more minimal distribution, beter fr aserver, sudo apt-get instal xubuntu-desktop

by nick on October 23, 2007 at 10:04 pm. Reply #

sorry for the typos, *install *better *for

by nick on October 23, 2007 at 10:06 pm. Reply #

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