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Friday, March 13, 2015

Linux: Install A Desktop GUI on Ubuntu Server

The topic of installing a desktop GUI has been debated over the years.  Friendships have been ruined because of it.  I don't know if that's true, but some believe that the server should only have command line.  This blog is not about that debate, I just want to see some freaking graphics on the monitor, and for my mouse to be more than a paper weight.  So there's my opinion on the subject.

Anyways installing a GUI on Ubuntu server is really easy.

Here are the steps:

1. Start up your Ubuntu server VM

2. Log into Ubuntu with your credentials

3. Make sure you have internet connection, and type in the following command without the double quotes of course, "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop" 

4.  You have to confirm that your are lord sudo of the Ubuntu clan.  I mean, sudo is a command that let's you execute commands with elevated privileges.  But not all users have sudo power, only the special ones.

5.   When asked "Do you want to continue? [Y/n]", type "Y" and press "Enter"

6. The installation will take place automatically, just sit back and enjoy.

7.  After a reboot you see a login screen on Ubuntu GNOME desktop

8.  After logging in you will see the desktop home screen, click on "Activities" to see a list of actions that you can perform.

Blogs in this series:
  1. Creating a New Virtual Machine for Ubuntu Server
  2. Mounting the Ubuntu Server ISO on VirtualBox
  3. Install Ubuntu Operating System on VirtualBox
  4. Install A Desktop GUI on Ubuntu Server 
  5.  Switching To root User With The sudo Command On Ubuntu Server
  6. Installing Apache Web Server On Ubuntu Server

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