Originally Posted by elasticwings
I would do a custom install and select whatever packages you deem necessary. You can always go back and add them later of course.
I think whatever install you go for, you get to choose to customise the choices before the install actually begins.
I think a simple server install does not have a GUI front end, which may not be that nice if your new to Linux, or command lines.
If your not actually serving from that machine, I think I would just go for a customised workstation install, that way you have a system you can use for everyday computing, like browsing the web, checking your email, playing games perhaps, or using open office.
Yes you can choose a custom server install, but like you said your new to linux, so a custom workstation install (in my opinion) is your best bet.
Choose workstation, it will choose the most commonly used apps etc, then you can add the extra packages that you specifically want.