How to Install a Desktop (GUI) on an Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu Server is a variant of the Ubuntu OS that does not include a graphical user interface (GUI) by default. GUI applications use system resources required for server-oriented tasks, so Linux server distributions are usually installed with minimal setup or no GUI installed.

However, some tools perform better and are easier to manage with a GUI. If you use a tool with a GUI, installing a desktop environment can improve the experience of working with the server.

This guide will show you how to install a desktop graphical interface (GUI) on your Ubuntu server.

1. Update the Ubuntu OS and package with the following :

# sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

2. Install Ubuntu Desktop by running the following command:

# sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

3. Reboot the system when the installation finishes by typing:

# sudo reboot

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