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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?

Thanks much!

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    Yes. It is that simple. – RobotHumans Mar 2 '13 at 10:05
  • Thanks! Will apt-get be smart enough to check to see if the files it needs are on the CD, or is this 100% downloaded stuff? – Jellybug Mar 2 '13 at 12:25
  • Use the search function at the top right to find out how to add a disk as a software repo – RobotHumans Mar 2 '13 at 12:41
  • Got it elsewhere: "apt-cdrom add" followed by "apt-get install ubuntu-desktop" seems to be doing things quickly, thanks. – Jellybug Mar 2 '13 at 12:42

You could also use tasksel for this!

Just install it via

sudo apt-get install tasksel

run it with

sudo tasksel

and then you can select a bunch of packages to install inlcluding Ubuntu-Desktop or even Lubuntu...

  • Thanks for the help, will kick it a bit and see how it turns out. – Jellybug Mar 2 '13 at 12:24

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