While installing Ubuntu 12.04, I am asked to choose whether to install these predefined collections of software, which are displayed in this screen:

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I am just interested in having a standard Ubuntu 12.04 desktop (possibly running Unity). I do not have disk space issues, so it wouldn't be a problem to install something I don't need if it will simplify the installation.

Could you suggest me what software I should select?

I already tried this installation before. After the completion of the installation, I am only shown a terminal, but not the login GUI. In case I am shown the terminal again, could you suggest what commands I should run?


List of software options:

  • ...
  • Basic Ubuntu server
  • openSSH server
  • ...
  • Openstack
  • ...
  • Edubuntu desktop
  • Kubuntu desktop
  • Kubuntu full
  • LadSPA/LV2/DSSI audio plugins
  • large selection of font packages
  • Lubuntu minimal installation
  • Mythbuntu additional roles
  • Mythbuntu frontend
  • Mythbuntu master backend
  • Mythbuntu slave backend
  • Tone generation and editing suite
  • Ubuntu LXDE desktop
  • Ubuntu desktop
  • Ubuntu dektio USB
  • Video creation and editing suite
  • Xubuntu desktop
  • Manual package selection
  • Why you choose this image ? Is this a server image ? Download Ubuntu Desktop image instead of server and you will not bother what packages to install. Ubuntu desktop comes with a desktop environment by default.
    – NickTux
    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:52
  • I have to use this image because I'm working on a university lab computer that only allows this type of installation.
    – Marco
    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:58

1 Answer 1


Choose Kubuntu desktop or Ubuntu desktop package from the software list and then press continue.

You will be presented with a GUI login screen.

  • Thanks, will it then install Unity desktop?
    – Marco
    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:46
  • is there any ubuntu desktop package in that list? Feb 11, 2014 at 9:48
  • 1
    Ubuntu desktop = Unity desktop. Feb 11, 2014 at 9:49
  • Thanks, I added the list of available choices that do not appear in the image.
    – Marco
    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:58
  • yes there was Ubuntu desktop on that list.Go and install it. Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00

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