I've come across similar, already answered questions on this website; however none of them deals with starting from the scratch - the Ubuntu core.
The normal release of 12.04 was not responding well on my old PC. Thus, I decided to install "Non-PAE Ubuntu core using" mini.iso.
Now, I am having the Ubuntu core installed which swiftly boots into the terminal CLI. However I want to install a GUI onto this.
I don't want to do
apt-get install ubuntu-desktop since that comes with Unity, which I hate like anything.
There are ways to install Mate and Cinnamon available here, however they are valid only if some other GUI is already present. But, I want to install them when no GUI is initially present - right from the core.
In a nutshell: I am looking how to install "Cinnamon" right from the scratch (Ubuntu Core CLI), so that the system directly boots into cinnamon login screen.
On my other system I would also like to do the same but use Mate instead of Cinnamon.