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On a Windows 7 system, I installed VMWare 5.0 and tried to install the 32-bit Server LTS flavour of Ubuntu. After the install completed, it only starts in console instead of the usual GUI.

How do I get the GUI to appear? The install did not ask for the root password?

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A server normally doesn't include a GUI desktop. A likely short answer is to run this in your terminal:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

but see community help for more details and options. Don't miss "Arguments against a GUI (on a server)."

To your last point, no root pw, the Ubuntu installer does not set up a root user. Still, your normal user will have sudo privileges, and you can add a root user if you wish.

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