Difference Between Server Operating System and DeskTop Operating Sytem: Which to Use ?
Posted on Monday 31 October 2016, 09:23 - updated on 01/11/16 - Permalink
Such a nice Moring .. and Sal Mubarak day a Gujarati New Year Begining...So, lets start...
With increase in cost of Windows operating system and then budgetary restrictions, prompted me to see Linux based free operating system. In the context went to website www.ubuntu.com and show differenct products there are offering l ike server editions, desktop editions etc.
So, a natural question comes what is the use of Server system and Desktop system ?
So in morning of New Year my surfing for the answere starts ...
The one answere I got was from
Greg laden starts by saying that Its fun to learn installing server and to know its configuration, well for me that is not case I want to see of the server can be positively used and deployed to our daily frutful use.
Okay so Greg further adds, that server is a low-power draw machine with lower end graphic that can be used to access data like files, multi-media etc or your devices like printer, scanner etc, and can be access via wireless network. By further reading his article he explains in terms of software, that there is a big difference between desktop and a server. He says server has servers like say apache for instance and ftp server and so on, that software can certainly run on desktop but the process of setting up a linux server, such as typical configuration known as LAMP server involves installing configuring and turning on all these bits. What that means I presume is it requires geek to setup a softwares on server.
So I could no find a clear answere to the question , so another website to see.
Here it clearly says about the main difference.
Many people mistakenly believe that a server is no different from a typical desktop computer. This couldn't be further from the truth. While almost any computer that meets the minimum hardware requirements can run a server operating system that alone does not make a desktop computer a true server. Even if the desktop computer had similar processor speeds, memory and storage capacity compared to a server, it still isn't a replacement for a real server. The technologies behind them are engineered for different purposes.
A desktop computer system typically runs a user-friendly operating system and desktop applications to facilitate desktop-oriented tasks. In contrast, a server manages all network resources. Servers are often dedicated (meaning it performs no other task besides server tasks). Because a server is engineered to manage, store, send and process data 24-hours a day it has to be more reliable than a desktop computer and offers a variety of features and hardware not typically used in the average desktop computer.
Its noon and after seeing couple of videos on ubuntu server installing samba server and learning how to share files and folders and assigning privilage for the sharing my quest for my anwere to question still not resolved.. so again looking at videos and coming again to learn about FreeNAS Operating System for Server for media streaming and file sharing have look at video below:
So, what is FreeNas, go www.freenas.org to learn about it.. but in concise it says
FreeNAS is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.
Now what i Samba ??? lets go to its website https://www.samba.org/ samba site say
So what is server? a 53 minutes video explaining about 'Introduction to Server' give clear picture
The video clearly says no server is required for small office of two or ten employees. It explains a basic difference between the Server installed on web hosting companies compared to Server install in the office where 24x7 connectivity is not required.
So , still question can i install softwares like microsoft office, libre or other softwares on the server ?