Brand new to anything non-Windows, allured by ZFS and Ubuntu to set up a large storage pool at home on a functional desktop.
I have an AMD64 Ubuntu 12.04.2 debootstrap minimal install on a ZFS root, which gives me a command prompt OS that isn't very familiar with my system hardware, and I don't know where to go from here. I assume the Desktop installation CD is a no-go, since it's not likely to understand the ZFS filesystem well. What's my road map for putting on the full GUI (with multiple users, CUPS, Samba file shares with Windows & Mac things, media serving, etc.) and getting all the devices working and settings configured?
Is it as simple as "apt-get install ubuntu-desktop"? Will that get things all plugged in & working? Or will I have to manually configure things before/during/after the installation?
Or will the Alternate CD be able to work with a pre-existing OS and continue a semi-automatic installation?
Or should I try to get all UNIXy and get the minimal system more configured, adding the desktop afterwards?