Friday, January 8, 2010

Install full or minimal GUI in Ubuntu server

The server installation of Ubuntu does not include a graphical user interface, or GUI. If you find that you want the GUI after all, you can easily install it without reinstalling the operating system with the desktop version.

To install the full GUI desktop environment, complete with all the bundled applications found on the desktop version of Ubuntu, run this command:
$ sudo aptitude -y install ubuntu-desktop
 If, on the other hand, you don't want all of the bundled applications found on the desktop version of Ubuntu and only want the GUI, run this command:
$ sudo aptitude -y install gdm
To start the GUI, you'll need to run this command once you have logged in from the terminal:
$ startx
If you want the GUI to start automatically upon booting, follow the instructions from this post.

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