Desktop GUI

Asked by Yesenia Galindo on 2020-09-04

I cannot get the GUI desktop to work. I am stuck using console mode. How do I fix this?

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

Which version of Ubuntu did you install? The server version (has only the GUI mode) or the desktop version (with graphical desktop)?

What was the name of the *.iso file that you have used for installing?

If you log in to on the GUI screen and execute the command

dpkg -l ubuntu-desktop

does it (after a number of header lines) show the text 'ii ubuntu desktop' or not?

Yesenia Galindo (ydgal) said : #2

Wow. I guess I installed the incorrect one. I installed Ubuntu server instead of desktop.

The file name I downloaded is ubuntu-20.04.1-live-server-amd64.iso

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

Ok, no problem.

Log in to the console mode with your username and password and issue the command

sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

This will (if you have internet connection) install the programs for a graphical desktop.

In case that this fails, you can also restart from scratch with a download of the desktop iso file from

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