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I have built a 11.04 ubuntu server and tried to put gnome 3 and unity installed both fail even though they say the installed finished correctly. then reboot but then its just goes to the normal logon and doesn't use ghost or unity

am I doing it wrong ?
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First of all, Linux servers aren't meant to run a GUI, it reduces security and isn't necessary. Apart from that you might as well have installed a desktop version of Ubuntu in the first place. You can always add server functions to them.

Anyway, from the terminal just enter startx and the GUI should open. If not, you should see error messages show up.
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If you want the desktop, I would (I did) install the Desktop version from the Live CD and add the servers afterwards.  Since it's just 'in-house' on my LAN, there are no security issues and it works fine.
Kerem ERSOYPresident
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Hi,

First of all lets verify your installation. As rindi told try to start it manually (issuing the xinit command after issuing su and become root). If it starts then if you want your system to start in X by default you'd need to change your initial init mode.

If you want to start X GUi by default try :

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

This should fix your problem.

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I need to install mono and thought I needed a gui for that is not correct?
Kerem ERSOYPresident
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Yeah you need a GUI and some more GNOME applications to run mono. But the intalaltion won't require it I guess.

To install mono issue this command:

sudo apt-get install mono-2.0-devel

It will install required programs along the way of install process... Here's some information from ubuntu wiki about mono:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Natty#Mono

Cheers,
K:
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You wouldn't need a GUI to install mono. Also normally you would access servers remotely via SSH. You can run most GUI based apps from remote PC's without having to start a full GUI on the server itself.
How did you install gnome3?

The following are the recommended steps to install Gnome3:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

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Incorrectly install gnome3 might break unity, proceed with caution.

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How did you install gnome 3

I did that but got gnome-shell package gnome-shell is not available, but is refereed to by another package. this may mean that the package is missing, has been obseleted, or is only available from another source

Startx wasn't installed I had to install it sudo apt-get install xinit  now it starts but fails to get in thinking of re-installing at the moment or going back to 10.04
Did you see any error messages? Looks like it cannot be fetched from your repository.

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rebuilt using 10.04 just intalling ubuntu-desktop looking good
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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop got it working with unity ffs

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and got gnome on 10.04 before i ditched it for other problems
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop installed gnome without a problem

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oops wrong thread got mono-dev installed just need to get some linux drivers installed whish it was as easy as getting mono installed

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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

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