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ubuntu server - boot up in GUI

Rob Hunter
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Can anyone tell me how in the **** you can get Ubuntu server to boot into GUI mode? I'm following some of the steps found on-line but none seem to be working. Seems to be plenty of people on the web asking how to do this but none are getting any helpful answers. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
Jesper de Jong
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The server version of Ubuntu does not include a GUI. You can probably get the GUI by installing the package ubuntu-desktop:

You can most likely find more information on

But really, if you want to use the computer as a desktop machine, then why did you install Ubuntu Server? The server edition isn't really meant to be used as a desktop machine.
[ November 28, 2008: Message edited by: Jesper Young ]

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