How to install GUI on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) Server

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We have already discussed how to install ubuntu 11.04 LAMP server .If you are a new user and not familiar with command prompt you can install GUI for your ubuntu LAMP server using one of the 2 options

1) Install desktop Environment

2) Install Webmin

1) Install desktop Environment

First you nee to make sure you have enabled Universe and multiverse repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list file once you have enable you need to use the following command to install GUI

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

The above command will install GNOME desktop

If you wan to install a graphical desktop manager without some of the desktop addons like Evolution and OpenOffice, but continue to use the server flavor kernel use the following command

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

If you want to install light weight desktop install xfce using the following command

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

If you want to install KDE desktop use the following command

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

2) Install Webmin in Ubuntu 11.04 server

You can check here howto install Webmin in Ubuntu 11.04 server

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15 thoughts on “How to install GUI on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) Server

  1. Hi all….

    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

    Could not find Packages. If you have packages please provide me the packages…

    Thanks in advances

  2. Hi I followed your guide and installed the kde desktop and it worked great however is there a way to disable kde from loading on start up? I don’t need the GUI running all the time.

    Thanks
    Tony

  3. Mohan:

    You don’t have to do a complete desktop install. When I setup Server 10.10 and I just want a few things I do “apt-get install xinit gdm gnome-terminal synaptic firefox gedit”.

    Tony:

    You don’t have to bring up the whole KDE. Just hit Ctrl-Alt-F1 to bring yourself to a Linux console.

  4. I followed your instructions. desktop appeared to have installed, however when I boot the machine it still boots into the terminal. how to I fix this.

    I am running it in Virtual Box.

  5. So after I install the GUI, should I restart before I install and config Webmin? I tried twice (completely new installation) and both times I installed Webmin using a command line, before restarting my computer and allowing the GUI to run, and both times I could not log into Webmin, would this be the reason?

    Thanks for the help and the Post!

    Alex

  6. nice. I followed the instruction and my GUI installed in about one hour. Everything works.

  7. So after I install the GUI, should I restart before I install and config Webmin? I tried twice (completely new installation) and both times I installed Webmin using a command line, before restarting my computer and allowing the GUI to run, and both times I could not log into Webmin, would this be the reason?

  8. I dont have connectivity to my Ubuntu server how do I down load a gui to a box that does and load it from a USB stick?

  9. After running:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    and finally
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    it will install all required packages then i reboot the system.
    After rebooting it will show some services like startng service….
    and hange..
    means it doesnt prompt for username and password.. 🙁

  10. how i can restore ubuntu server 11.04 via terminal ? such as first condition ( new installation )..
    thanks…

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