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January 27th, 2009, 12:26 AM
So I've installed the latest Ubunto server and rebooted and held my breath...

It asks me to log in and.....

I get to a command prompt with myUsername@ubunto:$

This is really silly but I expected to see the graphical Windows type display. What have I done wrong ?!!

January 27th, 2009, 12:29 AM
Server version only comes with a console/prompt, no window manager. If you want a window manager like Gnome, you have to install the ubuntu-desktop package.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop gdm
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

January 27th, 2009, 12:29 AM
You installed Ubuntu Server, that's why. I forget the name of the package you can install to get a GUI, hopefully someone will post the name of it soon.

EDIT: Well there ya go.

January 27th, 2009, 12:30 AM
Ubuntu server doesn't have a GUI. If you are looking for a GUI (a desktop) use Ubuntu Desktop.

January 27th, 2009, 12:38 AM
Thanks. What a dummy !!

January 27th, 2009, 12:51 AM
After using "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop" basically the only difference will be that you're still using the server kernel from the server installation.
For the rest it's the desktop installation with the server software parts which you could also have installed after using the desktop installation cdrom. Just FYI ;-)

January 27th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Thanks. What a dummy !!

Did you want the server edition or the ordinary desktop edition? I don't know how different they are...