I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop version, I would like to use Ubuntu 14.04 Server.

Is it possible to migrate (change) from Ubuntu desktop to Ubuntu server without losing data from my system?

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Open your terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install tasksel

Then type sudo tasksel in terminal

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It will open in terminal with options & there you can choose Ubuntu Server with space-bar and then continue. It will download and install Ubuntu Server tools.

Hope that helps.

  • how do I enter into Ubuntu server
    – A J
    Jul 16, 2014 at 5:33
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    This installs the packages for Ubuntu server but does not remove the packages for a desktop installation. That may or may not be what is needed. Jul 16, 2014 at 6:18
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    @AJ Your current Ubuntu already having server tools. right now your Ubuntu is like Ubuntu Server + Ubuntu Desktop. Eliah Thank you.
    – rɑːdʒɑ
    Jul 16, 2014 at 7:15
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    One word of caution: **never ** use tasksel to remove something, it will remove all packages needed for that task, even if you installed them manually.
    – guntbert
    Jul 19, 2014 at 21:29
  • @guntbert nice point.
    – rɑːdʒɑ
    Jul 23, 2014 at 5:58
sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel remove ubuntu-desktop
sudo tasksel install server
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-server linux-image-server
sudo apt-get purge lightdm

These commands can help you to competly convert an Ubuntu Desktop to Ubuntu Server. It work on Ubuntu 14.04 ;D

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    When sudo apt-get install linux-server linux-image-server it says not found. When rebooting, it says image is corrupted. You'll get a brick at the end. Oct 8, 2017 at 21:31

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