ubuntu desktop x ubuntu server

whats the difference between ubuntu desktop and ubuntu server ?
Jose BredariolPMPAsked:
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
The base is the same, desktop has software installed that is more specific to desktop use like a GUI, office and Internet applications and so on ...

Server (usually) doesn't have a GUI and no applications that are not needed on a server, like office and Internet applications.

Server is used for running web servers like Apache or DNS, DHCP and more services like that.
Kanti PrasadCommented:

The difference is desktop has GUI and Server does not have GUI so Server will perform better.
So if you are comfortable with command prompt execution then Server will be fine as it will improve performance.

to learn more go to what is the difference between desktop and server section
The server version of ubuntu is also more hardened and secure against attacks than the desktop versions are.
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Jose BredariolPMPAuthor Commented:
But can I run Web server and DHCP from desktop and make it secure ?
Kanti PrasadCommented:

You can but when you are comparing security levels then Server gives you more protection.
If you want a desktop ubuntu version, make sure you don't get ubuntu, but rather Xubuntu or Lubuntu, were the GUI doesn't waste as many resources as the Unity desktop of Ubuntu itself, which is also terrible to use.

Or better, go for Zentyal Server, which is based on Ubuntu, has a simple desktop, and is very easy to setup and maintain. Everything can be done via a web-browser, so you don't really need to work on the physical server itself. It has a modular setup where you can select what you want to install, depending on what you are going to use the server for. The Community version is free, but doesn't have any support apart from the Zentyal forums and documentation:

When you install system
Server is installed without extra packages (it hints to select SSH and CUPS)
Desktop hints to install unity desktop, and configures additional "backports" repository.

Nowadays both install with same generic kernels, only Ubuntu Studio juggles with low latency versions.

The package selector during install is called "tasksel", e.g.  one can install server with all options unselected and turn it into LTS desktop without backport repositories selected.

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Jose BredariolPMPAuthor Commented:
Thanks all
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