When I had installed a GUI in Ubuntu Server (In virtualbox) with

sudo apt-get install xorg gnome-core gnome-system-tools gnome-app-install

I had a problem: the screen gets in black, and only appear the cursor.

  • A better question is what makes you think you need a GUI on a server ? Use a web based tool to manage your server. – Panther Mar 8 '16 at 11:32
  • That was certainly not a better question. – Martin Andersson Nov 19 '16 at 15:10

I think you should install the corresponding metapackage gnome (should be the same as gnome-desktop-environment) instead of single other packages. Probably you're missing a dependency.

I recommend the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome

Alternatively, if you don't want the full environment with all additional programs you might not necessarily need, you can also just install the core desktop:

sudo apt-get install gnome-core

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