Install Ubuntu Server Gui


[aartikel]0672338378:left:infofreund-21[/aartikel]Hi all,
as a great fan of the ubuntu operating system in client and server environments, i will show you today how to install a gui on the server.

I know, a good administrator doesn’t need a gui and i prefer a good shell more than a gui. But for some reasons, a gui can be very helpful – and there are some people out there, who are feeling better to work with windows ;). And these people will be happy withe a ubuntu server gui.


Tutorial made on ubuntu 14.10 server.
An internet connection.


Before we start we have to decide, which desktop we want to use.

For a server environment, it is recommended to use a lightweight desktop manager. But if you are more familiar with the standard managers like gnome, kde ort unity, then there is no technical reason why you can’t use it.

Here are some desktop-managers

Lightweight Ubuntu Server Gui:

LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) –





Installation of the desktop-managers:

1.) Open a ssh-session or login direct on the terminal.
2.) To start the desktop manager you need the X-environment. For easy installation i would recommend, that you install the lightdm-package. I know there are lots of packages you don’t need, but i am sure not all of you have the time for searching the right ones.


Install lightdm with: sudo apt-get install lightdm

LXDE: sudo apt-get install lxde 

and if you only want the lxde-deskop without any application

sudo apt-get install lxde-core

XFCE: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

and if you only want the xfce-deskop without any application

sudo apt-get install xfce4

GNOME: sudo apt-get install gnome 

and if you only want the gnome-deskop without any application

sudo apt-get install gnome-core

KDEsudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop 

If you have problems or further questions please send me an