View Full Version : [SOLVED] New User - GUI Install question

May 14th, 2010, 08:53 PM
I am trying to get 10.04 setup on an older machine I picked up. The full distro's kept failing with I/O error at 29%. I re-downloaded and reburned at slower speeds but that didn't change anything. I did get the minimum install .iso w downloading components to install successfully.

So now I can log in, but where do i go from here? I've read that I should launch gnome or kde.

Which one should I use?
How do I check which packages the installer has downloaded?

I've done some searches and read some of the links provided in the stickies. Is there a better place to read up on getting the GUI up and running, or should I keep sloshing through the links?

Thank you.

May 14th, 2010, 09:02 PM
If you used the mini.iso, this guide should help (especially the bottom bit with the commands to install the GUI):

May 14th, 2010, 09:03 PM
if you did the minimal install then you don't have a gui. You need to install a desktop before you can launch it.

What are the specs of the machine?

log in and run

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop or

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

May 14th, 2010, 09:17 PM
What are the specs of the machine?

Abit NF-M2 nView
Athlon 64 x2 3600+
using integrated graphics

Thank you for the quick replies. I will check out the link and try out the command when I get home later. I realize there is more to do than this, just need some help getting started.

May 14th, 2010, 09:38 PM
with those specs Ubuntu will run fine. any other questions, feel free to ask :)

May 14th, 2010, 09:45 PM
Well, you have more than enough RAM and processing power to run any GUI.

So you can choose to either install Ubuntu (standard) with:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

Or you could go for Kubuntu (slightly more resource intensive) with:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Or if speed is the most important to you, you could go for Xubuntu (extremely light on resources) with:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

Personally I suggest you research each and choose the one that works for you.

May 17th, 2010, 06:07 PM
That worked out great, thanks again for everyone's advice.
Now on to getting Vista, XP remote desktop to Ubuntu working. It's been a while since I've tackled something genuinely new, is a lot of fun.