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I need to download Ubuntu Linux Server iso image.
I am not sure if I can download/install Ubuntu desktop iso then install server version on it.
After installing Ubuntu server, I need to install the GUI part of it.

I have done similar thing in the past. I downloaded Centos minimum version, then installed GUI part of it. However Centos, I believe has only server version, no desktop version…I could be wrong…

Any link to download Ubuntu server minimum would be very much helpful

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Some much faster ways to download what you're looking for can be found on the official page here:
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/alternative-downloads

The straight http downloads are here:
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/server

The alternative downloads are by BitTorrent, which can be extremely fast depending on how many people are sharing.  You'll need a torrent client like www.utorrent.com - just watch closely during installation and don't choose to install any bundled software offers.
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Just download the Ubuntu server iso. You don't need any GUI to run a server, and it is more secure that way.

You can, after installing Ubuntu server, install a GUI for it, but you shouldn't.
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Once you have minimal server installed you an install and use tasksel to install right desktop:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Tasksel
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I have always installed the desktop version of Ubuntu first and then run the server installs, just simply because it is easier for testing.
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The desktop version of ubuntu isn't as hardened as the server version. So if really need a GUI, it is better to install the server version and then add the GUI.

But in my opinion, if you really need a server OS with GUI, you should get a distribution that specializes in servers with GUI. I can recommend Zentyal, which is based on Ubuntu Server, includes an LXDE desktop, but practically all the configuration is done via web-browser. It is really easy to setup and administrate. Everything is modular, so you can select what modules you want to add to your server. Just this monday it got a good review on Distrowatch's weekly.
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If you're installing for local testing instead of public use, it doesn't need to be as hardened but it does need to be convenient for testing.
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Sorry but it is plain FUD.
Installing desktop does not soften system in any way. Apparmor stays running, even kernel is exactly the same. On the other hand installing "java web application server" installs some 10 internet-exposed services....
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