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I'm new to Ubuntu server.I have Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-88-generic x86_64) installed. I've also installed ubuntu-desktop & gnome.

When I ssh root@my-ip-address and do a cd /usr/share/xsessions/ and ls, I can see I have all these gnome-classic.desktop gnome.desktop ubuntu.desktop.

I'm on a Mac and running all these commands from my terminal (I don't have Virtual box installed).

The reason I installed ubuntu-desktop & gnom was to be able to see a graphic-version of the server/system.

I installed them by doing sudo tasksel.

What do I need to do & how can I get the system up and see my server as a normal ubuntu desktop.

Any help is appreciated

  • Did you restart the system? – George Udosen Sep 29 '17 at 14:10
  • Related: How to set up a headless server? – steeldriver Sep 29 '17 at 14:29
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    "The reason I installed ubuntu-desktop & gnom was to be able to see a graphic-version of the server/system" You do not have a server. You created a desktop system. And I really advice to NOT do it like this. Learn command line and use tools from your Mac to connect to the server (workbench, or phpmyadmin to access mysql for instance, webmin etc). – Rinzwind Sep 29 '17 at 14:29
  • Probably you have to run startx. Did you try that? And gnome is quite "heavy" for a server .. better use a lighter GUI like xfce4 e.g. this is installed by just using sudo apt install xfce4 – derHugo Sep 29 '17 at 14:32
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    If you need a graphic interface for your server use a web based solution such as webmin. – Panther Sep 29 '17 at 14:48
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It appears that you did not install any display managers, try

sudo apt install lightdm

and try again.

  • I ran your giving command I got this: lightdm is already the newest version. What do I need to do now? – Friendof Afriend Sep 29 '17 at 14:35
  • How are you trying to access the GUI? From a monitor attached to the server or remotely? – NerdOfLinux Sep 29 '17 at 14:36
  • I'm trying to access GUI remotely from my own Mac – Friendof Afriend Sep 29 '17 at 14:41
  • What program? VNC? – NerdOfLinux Sep 29 '17 at 14:42
  • No program, from my terminal. – Friendof Afriend Sep 29 '17 at 14:43

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