I'm planning to dual boot Ubuntu server edition along side Windows 7 Home. This should be technically possible I guess. I also would like to know if the graphics card compatibility really matters when I install Ubuntu server. I mean in the next couple of weeks I would be getting a Desktop PC and the one that I'm planning to buy has ATI Radeon 2100. But when I install Ubuntu server, I anyways do not have any GUI which means that the graphic card does not really matter. But on the other side I would also like to know the compatibility of ATI Radeon 2100 with Ubuntu in general. What do you guys think? Do I have to consider NVIDIA?
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I suspect that you will be fine. All modern graphics cards should be able to display standard text screens (80 chars by 25 lines) and even 640x480 and 800x600 GUIs even if there is no dedicated driver for the card. I think that those resolutions are pretty standard.
I'm using a laptop dual boot with Ubuntu 10.10 and Vista (not Win7) with no issues. I have NVidia video running at that resolution, no problems.
I have been running similar Win/Ubuntu dual boots for 3-4 years now.
The configuration that I mentioned above has ATI Radeon and a quick google search revealed that I should go with NVIDIA for better driver options on Linux OS. That is why I'm a bit concerned. Unfortunately at the price range that I'm looking at, there is none available with NVIDIA.
Joe Harry wrote: I would also like to know the compatibility of ATI Radeon 2100 with Ubuntu in general. ... Do I have to consider NVIDIA?
There is a Ubuntu compatibility list on the Ubuntu site.
Most servers don't use graphics much, and when they do, its at low resolutions. Every video card made this century is suitable for a Debian/Ubuntu server in low-res mode. You can probably get away with VGA, which is 20+ years old.
You want the most RAM you can get. For light usage, you can get away with 4GB. But as you get traffic, you will want 8GB and run a 64 bit OS. CPU speed is usually not a big factor, either the quad or tripple should be fine.