The popular Ubuntu Linux is to get a server version. Right up until recently, Ubuntu has been a desktop OS, well known for its ease of installation and ease of use. Ubuntu server maintainer Fabio Massimo Di Nitto claims that there was no reason not to provide a server version of the OS, because so many of the components would be common between it and the established desktop version.

"The first thing of note is that all Ubuntu-offered software comes from one repository. There are no desktop and server-specific repositories," he said. "For example, the desktop and server version share the installer. A point worthy of note is that all packages present on the Ubuntu server CD were already supported by us in previous Ubuntu versions (or almost all, if I remember correctly)."