[clug] Debian Sarge or Ubuntu for a server?

Ian Matters ian at iristech.com.au
Tue Jun 14 22:16:48 GMT 2005

Hi all.

I have been running a small Debian Woody based server for some time  
time (in fact a bunch of them) and am now considering my options for  
a software upgrade for the main server.  I think that my preference  
would be to move to Debian Sarge or to Ubuntu "Hoary Hedgehog" as I  
prefer the Debian way of doing things.

I recognise that Ubuntu is largely targeted at the desktop user  
although with minimal work it seems that Ubuntu "Hoary Hedgehog" can  
(almost) deliver the goods as a simple server.  A couple of things  
make me wonder if this is the "true path" though.  The first one is  
that Ubuntu has two upgrades per year which is great if you are after  
glitz I suspect that biannual upgrades might get to be a bit tedious  
after a while in a server application.  The second is that as a  
server I would prefer to run the machine "headless" i.e. with no  
monitor, keyboard or mouse.  It seems that CUPS is broken in Ubuntu  
to the degree that remote web-based CUPS administration is disabled.   
Most other stuff seems to work however in a mockup that I've been  
experimenting with.

What do others think about this?  Would I be better to stick with  
Debian and move from Woody to Sarge?  Or would I advised to use  
Ubuntu this time around?

All input welcome.


Ian Matters
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