Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian. It's a good system for a home / office user and the install CD installs 'most everything the home / office user will need.
Zoneminder's even version numbers are stable releases.
- Using an Ubuntu Desktop distro, you will be able to host a complete ZM installation, and also watch the console/events/streams on the same machine;
- Using an Ubuntu Server distro, you will not be able to watch ZM on the same machine at all; but the system becomes much more light, using fewer resources and using an optimized Kernel for server applications;
- Using an install from a Net Boot CD or USB (http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/) you can do a minimal "server" install or add as much as you want
Before choosing, consider checking
Guides for Ubuntu
Note for Ubuntu Desktop
Installing Zoneminder on a desktop system can have its benefits. It can also pose problems!
If you use one of the desktops provided with Ubuntu (Gnome, Unity, KDE, et. al.) use the corresponding Ubuntu server install/upgrade instructions. You may need to install tasksel to make it easier to install LAMP as most of the Ubuntu instructions start with a system set up with LAMP. It is recommended to install Zoneminder from a terminal. Using a software/package manager can get you in trouble!
If you are using a distro such as Mint, find out which Ubuntu system your version is based on and use the corresponding Ubuntu server install/upgrade. And do the install procedure from a terminal!
Other Guides for Ubuntu
Install ZoneMinder on Ubuntu Server (This is not in English and contains unneeded steps)
- You may find useful or related info under the following guides to older ubuntu versions:
http://www.zoneminder.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5633 GUI package that installs Mplayer etc.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=356392 EXTRA_LIBS parameter in .configure script
http://www.zoneminder.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13140 How to install latest Zoneminder on Ubuntu 8.10