Dude wrote:Or perhaps this lessen the number of newbies trying out a server o/s that they understand little about and as a result run into all kinds of (self made) problems - and then express negative views and opinions over RHEL that is unwarranted (and instead proclaim the greatness of Windows)?
I think this is only going to limit the future clientele and Red Hat shot itself in the foot.
Billy Verreynne wrote:
A server has no need to run a GUI. And it is a waste of resources to run - not just memory resources, but also CPU wise.
Well it seems like the dinosaurs are back in charge doesn't it - we were looking to make a move to using Oracle Linux for our servers but after spending several days struggling with just getting it to install and reading the above stream, it is obvious that we shall be staying with Windows Server - I have old skills with Unix and moved to Windows through market pressures many years ago - I cannot justify the investment in moving back especially in light of the comments above...
Installing Linux shouldn't be such a big deal. I wonder what you were struggling with. But if you want to discuss it, please create a new thread.
If you need a graphical Desktop it is possible:
How useful it is depends on the purpose of the installation and how familiar you are with the system.
Old Unix skills are usually not going to help you much with the setup and configuration of any modern Linux system. You cannot simply switch from Windows server to RHEL and expect to find your way around. It does not even work switching from Linux to Windows. Linux system administration is a complete different than dealing with a Windows server, regardless of GUI or command line.
I personally understand the advantage of a graphical user interface, but I think there are more important aspects between Linux or Windows than a GUI.