My naval buddy called this weekend, checking to see how the laptop(s) config process is going.
He's all gung-ho over something a shipmate fed him about a headless [Ubuntu] server. Now he wants to do that with his home desktop system. Granted, it would allow him a bit more room, i.e., no monitor or keyboard space, but I'm kinda dubious 'bout the concept. He's wild about the idea, wants to admin with Webmin from his laptop.
I can perceive the advantages, but not familiar enough to identify the downside(s).
The box he's discussing currently runs WinXP and is used as a kinda,sorta file server as well as a desktop machine. Now that he has the laptop(s) he wants to convert it.
My preference would be that he install Ubuntu desktop, then add server components as needed. That doesn't seem to be, in a home environment, overly insecure, and he was born, in the PC sense, A.D. (After DOS), so I've got a life-sized picture of trying to help him with command-line over the phone. He's accustomed to a GUI, and I'm not certain Webmin would be sufficient.
Haven't found anything definitive, one way or the other, via Google. Thus, I've returned to the wealth of knowledge that is DC for information.