I`m trying to install Ubuntu Server 9.10 on Vmware Workstation but the installation stucks right here:

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So how do I use the interface?

  • Did you go through the setup already? – John T Nov 19 '09 at 20:01
  • Yes I did...all without any error. – Vlad Patrascu Nov 19 '09 at 20:05
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If you went through the setup, you can now login there with the user account you created during setup.

Ubuntu server by itself does not include a graphical interface (X Windows et al), as that edition is for servers. If you were looking for Ubuntu desktop (with a GUI) you can grab it here. If you don't wish to download another ISO you can use apt to install X and GNOME (the default that comes with Ubuntu desktop):

sudo apt-get install x-window-system-core xserver-xorg gnome-desktop-environment

you'll need to enable the Universe repository first then run sudo apt-get update.

  • But can I install Ubuntu 9.10 and then Ubuntu Server 9.10 "over it"? – Vlad Patrascu Nov 19 '09 at 20:10
  • that's a step backwards. You mean install a GUI on Ubuntu Server? I updated my answer with how to do that. – John T Nov 19 '09 at 20:12
  • no, I mean...can I "enjoy" the ubuntu server features on ubuntu desktop? I need UEC. – Vlad Patrascu Nov 19 '09 at 20:15
  • Ah, I don't think so. Your best bet right now to save time would be to install X and GNOME if you want UEC and a GUI environment. – John T Nov 19 '09 at 20:24
  • All official variants of the same version of Ubuntu (decktop, server, netbook, kubuntu, ...) are built from the same package repositories. They differ mainly in what packages are installed by default, and (where there are something-desktop and something-server packages for the same app/lib) some differences in default config. So start with whichever is closest to what you want and if you are missing something just find the right package name(s) and apt-get install or aptitude install (or GUI equivalent). – David Spillett Dec 12 '09 at 1:14

Ubuntu 9.10 - sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

Ubuntu 6.06 and 8.04 - sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment

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