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.
- 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 less resources and using an optimized Kernel for server applications;
Before choosing, consider checking
Guides for Ubuntu Server
Ubuntu Server 11.04 64-bit with ZoneMinder 1.24.x from SVN, FFmpeg, libjpeg-turbo, Webmin, Cambozola Not working- candidate for cleanup
Ubuntu Server 11.04 64-bit with ZoneMinder 1.25.0 Preview, FFmpeg, libjpeg-turbo, Webmin, Cambozola Not working- candidate for cleanup
Guides for Ubuntu Desktop
Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) desktop with graphical interface (step-by-step with screenshots)
Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop (comprehensive step-by-step guide for complete install)
Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) Desktop (from latest sources November 2010)
- You may find useful or related info under the following guides to older ubuntu versions:
Ubuntu 6.06 - Alternate (cut-n-paste)
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