I have installed Ubuntu Server on a VM and given it 100 Gb of disk and 2Gb of RAM. I also installed GNOME. My primary reason for the installation was to install a bunch of different NoSQL databases and check them out. Since my "normal" platform is Windows 7 as was recommended in "Seven Databases in Seven Weeks" it seems easier to have a VM running Linux than having all the utilities to make Windows look like Linux.
Anyway now that I have it installed I am finding that the apps run from the GNOME shell are very slow. Maybe it is just GNOME or Ubuntu-desktop but the applications seem very slow. If the slowness is attributed to the GUI how do I remove them? Once I remove them how is the best way to install various app software? As the only reason that I installed the GUI stuff was to be able to browse to a site and download. If that is possible without the slow GUI then that may be one other reason to remove GNOME and Ubuntu-desktop.
Sorry if these questions are newbie type questions but as Linux is not new to me, the whole Ubuntu distribution is.