I am new to Linux. I want to set up a home file/media server using Linux and have been investigating the possibility of using OpenSUSE for this task for a couple days now.
I posted up some questions over at linux questions, but figured this one would be better suited for the OpenSUSE forum.
My question is simple, is there any fundamental difference between OpenSUSE Server, and OpenSUSE desktop?
What I mean is, is there any difference to the basic programming of the operating system.
From what I gather, when you install a Linux Distro for a server, it is just a striped down version of the desktop install. It has no GUI, and installs the complete bare minimum of software to get your server up and running. Is this correct?
I am asking these questions because, as I said, I am new to Linux. I am not comfortable using command line only, and would very much like to install the desktop version of OpenSUSE, plus Samba, openSSH and Webadmin, then use that configuration for a server.
Would setting up OpenSUSE as I stated above be the same as using the server install, just more “bloated?” Or is the server version of OpenSUSE coded differently?
For example, comparing Windows Vista to Windows Home Server. Windows Vista isn’t practical to use as a home server OS, simply because it was never coded to be one. Where as Home Server comes with software and is setup to be a server.
From what I understand, and I could be wrong, and please correct me if I am. Linux is much different. Any Linux distro can be a server, even the desktop version. You just need to get the proper programs (like Samba, SSH, Webadmin) for the job. The people who use the Server version, simply just want something less bloated then the desktop version, but the desktop version works just as good as a server if you have the proper hardware?
I was debating on putting Windows Home server on the machine, but very much want to learn Linux, and figure this is as good of an opportunity as any. It also helps that a desktop install of OpenSUSE takes less resources then Windows Home Server.