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When I run

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade 
Sudo apt-get install xfce4 

On Ubuntu server 18.04, it says it installed all the packages but when i reboot i still don't have a GUI! What am i doing wrong???

The other post is using

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends xubuntu-core

I'm very unclear why

sudo apt-get install xfce4 

Is not giving me a GUI. I don't want my server to be turned into a full-blown desktop (I don't want a bunch of software and applications that I don't need ) GUI I just want the base of Xfce. Unless I'm missing something here and

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends xubuntu-core 

is just the base, either way please explain, why I install xfce4 but still don't see a GUI? Is there something else that I need to install prior to this?

Here is another example when I tried this method I still got no GUI.

Also in the page that you say is duplicate in the third post down the answer is to run

sudo apt-get install xfce4 

to install Xfce desktop and that doesn't work for me.

marked as duplicate by Fabby, K7AAY, Kevin Bowen, David Foerster, waltinator May 27 '18 at 15:24

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  • Did you set what is your default init run time ? – rɑːdʒɑ May 23 '18 at 12:18
  • ?? Dunno what your talking about ! Init run time ??? – Heavenlykid May 23 '18 at 12:43
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    Have you tried to run startx? To have it started automatically, I suppose you should install xubuntu-core. – Melebius May 23 '18 at 12:58
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    You have installed something, but that does not mean that it automatically starts! See here: wiki.xfce.org/faq Try the command startxfce4 – Organic Marble May 23 '18 at 12:59
  • there it is the startxfce4 worked. – Heavenlykid May 23 '18 at 13:02
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You are not doing anything wrong, just not quite done yet.

Install a "Display Manager".

In short the display manager is the GUI login screen that will load the requested "Window Manager", like XFCE, with the entered user credentials.

  • thats what i was doing wrong i was under the understanding that the display manager was part of the desktop enviroment thanks so much. – Heavenlykid May 23 '18 at 14:18
  • Really glad it helped. What display manager did you end up using? – jc__ May 25 '18 at 13:48
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    I recommend to edit this answer to expand it with specific details about how to do this. (See also How do I write a good answer? for general advice about what sorts of answers are considered most valuable on Ask Ubuntu.) – David Foerster May 26 '18 at 17:46

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