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Unity on Ubuntu Server 11.04

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Have recently loaded Ubuntu Server 11.04.  Is there a way of getting the Unity GUI to run on this?  If not, what GUI would people recommend.  (I understand that most people use the CLI on servers)
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by:torimar
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Unity is not a good choice IMO - not only because of its immature state of development and the fact that it is desktop oriented, but also because it actually is based on 3D acceleration.

I recommend Gnome (the old Ubuntu desktop) which may be installed by a simple command line instruction.
Here's how: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/install-gui-in-ubuntu-server.html
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PS:

The only real difference between "Ubuntu" and "Ubuntu Server" is that the server version comes with no GUI. It's not like with Windows, where the server and desktop OS are distinctly different and can not be transformed into each other.
So if you actually wanted Ubuntu with a GUI (even Unity) then you could have simply installed the normal Ubuntu 11.04. It offers all the required server packages as well.
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I wouldn't use any GUI on a server, it isn't necessary. Unity I'd not use on a desktop either, it is a terrible GUI you can't configure, and is more something for smartphones or pad's that have touch screens. For desktops E17 Enlightenment is the best GUI (Bodhi Linux is an Ubuntu based distribution that has done a very nice E17 setup). Other light GUI's would be those from Xubuntu or Lubuntu (XFCE, LXDE, or if it was one of the larger ones I prefer KDE (Kubuntu) over Gnome.

Why do you think you need a GUI on a server OS?
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There are many GUI's to choose from.  On this page you can view many that are available for Ubuntu: http://xwinman.org/

To install Unity:
sudo apt-get install unity

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Many great contributions.  Thanks much.
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you're welcome.  
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