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I have installed GUI in Ubuntu server using

sudo apt-get ubuntu-desktop --no installrecommends

I have started it using

startx

I have accessed the home folder using(since there is no icons)

nautilus 

Is there any other way to open the home folder? If I restart my server will it automatically go to the GUI or the to the login prompt at the command line?

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Why did you use "--no installrecommends" ? You almost certainly need additional packages. Also why gnome-desktop ? If you need a graphical interface to manage your server you are far better off with a web based tool such as webmin. –  bodhi.zazen May 30 '13 at 15:51

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Open terminal and edit your system wide crontab.

sudo nano /etc/crontab

After last hash-tag enter and save the following line.

@reboot root lightdm

After several reboots, system seems to have no problems. And hopefully never will. Can't say for sure that this is the best solution...

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What makes you think rebooting a number of times will fix anything ? –  bodhi.zazen May 30 '13 at 15:52

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