View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu 10.10 Server StartX not starting

January 10th, 2011, 04:41 PM
I ran "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop". Now it starts to boot but all I have is a mouse. I cannot access anything on the desktop. Any ideas?

January 10th, 2011, 07:10 PM
Thats because more is required to ensure that gnome is started.
You need to install xserver also

x-window-system-core xserver-xorg

Then you install either gnome or the entire ubuntu desktop environment:

Option: Gnome

Option: Ubuntu Desktop
Package: Ubuntu desktop environment

Then i think you must run:

/etc/init.d/gdm start

Possibly a reboot may be required. I am unsure of the entirety of the process as i dont install a GUI on my servers but a quick google will get you further.:popcorn:

January 10th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Once you install GDM, it should symlink to your rcX.d folders and run at startup. To only have X run when you want, I believe you just need to remove GDM (or remove the symlinks with 'sudo rc.update -f gdm remove' or something along those lines). That's what I did, so that I can start X as needed.

January 10th, 2011, 07:57 PM
That worked! Thanks.