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I just got a dedicated server from hosting company and I want to use a GUI Desktop (Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 + x2go 64-bit system). So I did the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo reboot

I then install VNC: sudo apt-get install tightvncserver and run VNC. But I only see the terminal, not the GUI.

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marked as duplicate by jokerdino May 21 at 11:04

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What happens if you do sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart? – January Sep 7 '12 at 9:29

It's possible that you don't have an X server running yet; try running startx and see if that works.

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