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How to install GUI on Ubuntu 12

Installing the desktop environment for Ubuntu:

First you nee to make sure you have enabled Universe and multiverse repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list file once you have enable you need to use the following command to install GUI:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop gnome

The above command will install GNOME desktop on the Ubuntu server

If you want to install a graphical desktop manager without some of the desktop addons like Evolution or OpenOffice for instance, but continue to use the server flavor kernel use the following command

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

If you want to install light weight desktop just install xfce one using the following command:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

If you want to install KDE desktop use the following command

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

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