Install GUI in Ubuntu Server

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We have already discussed how to install ubuntu 9.04 LAMP server .If you are a new user and not familiar with command prompt you can install GUI for your ubuntu LAMP server using 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 aptitude install --without-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

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely.Currently There is no Webmin package in the Ubuntu repositories.This tutorial will explain how to Install Webmin in Ubuntu Jaunty

You can install webmin for your server web interface to configure apache2,mysql,FTp servers and many more.Now we will see how to install webmin in Ubuntu 9.04

Preparing your system

First you need to install the following packages

sudo aptitude install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl

Now download the latest webmin using the following command or from here


Now we have webmin_1.470_all.deb package install this package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.470_all.deb

This will complete the installation.

Using the Webmin APT repository

If you like to install and update Webmin via APT, edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file on your system

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the line

deb sarge contrib

Save and exit the file

You should also fetch and install my GPG key with which the repository is signed, with the commands : cd /root


sudo apt-key add jcameron-key.asc

You will now be able to install with the commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install webmin

All dependencies should be resolved automatically.

Ubuntu in particular don’t allow logins by the root user by default. However, the user created at system installation time can use sudo to switch to root. Webmin will allow any user who has this sudo capability to login with full root privileges.

Now you need to open your web browser and enter the following


Now you should see similar to the following Screen

After login if you want to configure Apache,Mysql server you need to click on Servers on your lefthand side you should many servers are ready to configure

This is very Easy to configure most of the servers and Enjoy your new Ubuntu Jaunty LAMP Server.

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89 thoughts on “Install GUI in Ubuntu Server

  1. Every time I try to set up ubuntu for my own personal use or for someone else I eventually tear my hair out and turn back to windows. with all the glitches this software has like applying an update that kills the network manager and makes it unaccessable why do people even use this pile? seriously just wasted 6 hours of my day to figure out what i knew before. ubuntu will always have major glitches and bugs and is not at all easy to use.


    Puffnstuff Reply:

    I call it six degrees of Linux. No matter what you want to do, you’re going to have to fix six things before you get what you want to work.


  2. Hi.

    I install ubuntu-desktop on Ubuntu Server… but now.. I can’t find the terminal.. where is it????



    Bodhi926 Reply:




  3. @joe schmoe installing this particular package kills the network manager? Seems unlikely. Probably you’re just complaining about something unrelated to the topic.


  4. @joe schmoe
    you know what? you’re right. I used to be a linux sysadmin. I switched to windows for a new job and I can’t even install ubuntu server anymore. there is just so much shit you have to know to even make it semi- useful.


  5. Hello all,

    You can start Ubuntu Desktop by usign the comand “startx”;but how can i start Webmin in Ubuntu?


  6. If it is causing that much grief-use Zentyal.
    It is basically an administration interface for ubuntu server with some extras.
    Easy setup, etc and not very resource intensive.


  7. Great post.

    I stumbled across the site while searching for installation instructions for minimal desktop with Ubuntu server.

    I never used Webmin before, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s a nice addition to the tool chest.


  8. its now installing ubuntu desktop i guess but wish you had posted some screen shots, i hope i will get ubuntu desktop after this installation.


  9. Ive used webmin for several years and it works great, once installed it runs all the time and can be called by typing https://(servername or ipaddress):10000

    You can call it up from any web browser on the same network, can also be used externally but not recommended..


    GG Reply:

    how can you acces it externaly??


  10. @joe, this is the biggest load of crap ever.
    Same to you, @DOKKA.
    You said you used to be a sysadmin?

    I dont believe that at all.
    I am 16, with just a little bit of knowledge of linux systems (I am interested in the Cyber Security field… ‘hacking’)
    And I have yet to encounter a problem with linux/Ubuntu that I couldnt not only solve quickly, but easily.

    Plus I have barely even encountered that many problems in the first place.


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