Ubuntu server GUI

charles_dilger
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I've been playing more and more with linux and find that I like Ubuntu the best. I also recently decided to upgrade my server 2008 box in my home network to Ubuntu server. I expected Ubuntu server to provide a GUI similar to that of the normal Ubuntu interface I'm used to just with more stuff. I just finished installing and have not GUI at all. Is there a way I can load the GUI? Is there one included with Ubuntu Server or do I need to install the window manager or something from the normal version. I'm still too new to linux to go this one one my own.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Commented:
From another EE page: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Q_21975778.html  This appears to be still good info.
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Hi,

What you need is to update your repository contnets and install the desktop with these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

The first command gets the recent updates list and the second installs the desktop (Gnome)

This is it.

Cheers,
K.

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Yes, that thread will work.  The thing is that most servers don't have a gui and actually many of them run without any monitor connected, so, by default, there is no GUI installed on the server system.

The thing to also remember is that Linux isn't Windows.  Linux is Linux is Linux.  Unlike Windows, there really isn't any difference between a "server" edition and a "desktop" edition other than the programs installed on top of the system and how it's configured.  You can start from a "server" edition and turn it into a "desktop" edition by (like what the thread above suggested) just installing the "desktop" packages.  You can also do the opposite by uninstalling the "desktop" packages from the desktop edition and installing the "server" packages y, voila, you have a "server" edition.

If you are looking to a more similar experience to what you had with a Windows SBS, you might also look at the prepackaged system Zentyal (used to be named "ebox") that is based off of Ubuntu: http://www.zentyal.org
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Commented:
I use the Ubuntu desktop version and added all the servers for testing web sites and it has worked pretty well.  The GUI makes it easier to check wacky things.  Webmin makes it easier to set things up also.

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OK i tries app-get and i'm getting a lot of failures resolving the packages. Upon a little more digging my network interface seams to be down. I can ping the loopback and my own IP but not my gateway. 192.168.137.1 in my case. I also tried from another client 137.98 and can ping gateway and access internet but can't ping ubuntu 137.200. ubuntu can't ping anything but itself.

Confused.
Kerem ERSOYPresident

Commented:
Ok it seems that there's a problem with your network connectivity. Either the patch cable  you attach to your switch is broken or there's a problem with your network hardware.

Please try to attach your system to a known working receptacle / wall outlet and try to fix the problem. If you need more help on the issue I'll suggest you to create another question. Since the contents should be relevant to the topic otherwise people would not be able to search previous questions.

Cheers,
K.

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Yea i tried the basics. I started a new thread for this issue at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Linux_Networking/Q_26550302.html lets see how that goes then I'll try loading my desktop.

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