How do I install Ubuntu server 18.04 LTS 64 bit with GUI enabled(GNome, KDE, etc.) using VMWare Workstation Pro 15?

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Hi,

Greetings.

How do I install Ubuntu server 18.04 LTS 64 bit with GUI enabled(GNome, KDE, etc.)  using VMWare Workstation Pro 15?

Can you please provide me the download URL if any developer has ported Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS 64 bit with GUI enabled(GNome, KDE, etc.)


Does any website URL offer single .vmdk image for Ubuntu server 18.04 LTS 64 bit with GUI enabled(GNome, KDE, etc.) for download that is compatible with VMWare Workstation Pro 15?

If possible, can you please provide me the URL for a single .vmdk image for Ubuntu server 18.04 LTS 64 bit with GUI enabled (GNome, KDE, etc.) for download that is compatible with VMWare Workstation Pro 15?

Reach out to me for any questions.

Thanks for your support.

Warm Regards,
Sriram
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
Why not just download the ISO, and Install and configure yourself, much safer as you'll know the server/workstation does not contain anything nasty.

Ubuntu downloads here

https://www.ubuntu.com/
David FavorFractional CTO
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Commented:
1) As Andrew said, use the Ubuntu download link. Never install from some random location.

2) There are many Ubuntu Spins which package together various GUIs.

Just pick your desired Spin (KDE, Gnome, other) + use the provided installer.
I take it you are probably new to Linux, if that is the case, just use the desktop iso instead of the server.  Basically the difference is the GUI and the desktop version isn't missing anything.  It is not like Windows 10 vs Windows Server 2016.

From Ubuntu's site:

What's the difference between desktop and server?

1. The first difference is in the CD contents. The "Server" CD avoids including what Ubuntu considers desktop packages (packages like X, Gnome or KDE), but does include server related packages (Apache2, Bind9 and so on). Using a Desktop CD with a minimal installation and installing, for example, apache2 from the network, one can obtain the exact same result that can be obtained by inserting the Server CD and installing apache2 from the CD-ROM.

2. The Ubuntu Server Edition installation process is slightly different from the Desktop Edition. Since by default Ubuntu Server doesn't have a GUI, the process is menu driven, very similar to the Alternate CD installation process.

3. Before 12.04, Ubuntu server installs a server-optimized kernel by default. Since 12.04, there is no difference in kernel between Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server since linux-image-server is merged into linux-image-generic.

4. For Ubuntu LTS releases before 12.04, the Ubuntu Desktop Edition only receives 3 years of support. This was increased to 5 years in Ubuntu LTS 12.04 In contrast, all Ubuntu LTS Server Edition releases are supported for 5 years.

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Hi,

Greetings.

Thanks for your response asap for resolving my issue.

Warm Regards
Sriram

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