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Re: Zentyal


On Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:40:24 +0000
Liam Proven <lproven@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM, Andrew Woodhead
> <andrew.woodhead666@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > It may be a low resource gui but running an X server adds extra services
> > running which lowers security. There are also more things that can crash and
> > hang the system. Fewer complications make a better server.

Depends what the server is used for.  In smaller businesses a modern server really doesn’t get 'hammered' that much.

> Personally, I'd tend to agree, but people coming across from Windows
> expect a GUI on a machine. A lot of modern Windows users never ever
> even look at the command line & have no idea how to use one - so a
> server that boots to nothing but a command line is going to be seen as
> scary and intimidating.

For the smaller business, with out a computer expert, a GUI is what they need and why Windows Servers are used.  I know one business where this software may be just the thing they’re looking for.  They’ve been using  OOo, Firefox and Thunderbird, on XP, for some time.  They’ve been using Ubuntu on one machine for a few months and are considering moving all machines to it, so an Ubuntu based server with a GUI would compliment their IT needs very nicely.

> Zentyal makes a decent effort in this direction. A modern server will
> have gigs of RAM, a several-gigaHertz CPU and a graphics card, because
> you simply can't build a machine without these things any more. They
> picked a really lightweight desktop and stripped it right out to put
> Zentyal together, and that seems a good choice to me.

That is basically the spec of the server they have, overkill for what it does

> I would like it if it were an optional install, to be honest, but it
> worked fine on a couple of test machines for me.

Steve Cook (Yorvyk)


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