This tutorial will describe how to install Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) for a desktop or server machine. Obviously I’ll be using the normal version of Ubuntu for the desktop install, but less obviously, I’ll also be using this same version for the server install. This is because I don’t find much need for most of the things in the server version, and this install is primarily intended for home use, where the central function of the server is to share files amongst the desktop machines. So think of it as installing a simple home file server. From there you can do whatever you want with the server, but I’ll leave that for another tutorial.