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I've a Ubuntu Server 11.10 amd64 installation that needed a graphical desktop to execute some visual apps.

While searching for the correct way to achieve this, I noticed that there are a lot of people saying that invoking the gnome desktop installation (apt-get install ubuntu-desktop) would switch from server to desktop kernel. Is this true!? I've checked and the kernel seems to remain unchanged after the install.

I need to be sure of this because the desktop flavoured kernel doesn't seem to support the ServeRaid 8K controller sitting on my IBM server and I have no idea on how to enable support for it. (I'll be grateful if someone could point me a good guide on how to install ubuntu when the storage controller is not detected)

Any comment on this matter will be greatly appreciated!

Good linuxing!

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Well the dependencies of ubuntu-desktop doesnot list linux-image-server as conflict as well as trying to install linux-image-server didnot try to remove linux-image in my case.So I guess its untrue. Basically ubuntu-desktop is a meta package that installs many default applications. I recommend you to install only required gui applications as well as DE. E.g. unity… – sagarchalise Mar 22 '12 at 11:37

We would not expect the kernel to be changed by installing ubuntu-desktop. The default kernel is typically selected based on the installation media, so if you used an ubuntu-server CD image you would expect to have the server kernel installed.

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