How to install the Ubuntu Server GUI on a server without an X Windows interface Gnome, this tutorial will assume you have a fully up to date version of Ubuntu LTS 10.04 and is a copy and paste tutorial for installing the Gnome Ubuntu Server GUI.
Ubuntu Server GUI minimal install
The following command will install just a working Gnome desktop without all the additional desktop software that normally comes with an Ubuntu desktop, if you want to install a full Ubuntu desktop see below.
Optionally you can install the various Applets that you see at the top of the screen showing network status etc.
This will pull all the packages and ask you to confirm, see screenshot below:
Press Enter to continue.
This step could take a while depending on your computers speed / Internet connection speed.
If your GUI does not start automatically restart the GDM service on Ubuntu:
You should now have a fully functional Ubuntu Server GUI, if you wish to install a full Ubuntu Desktop then enter the command:
This will pull all the additional apps that are normally installed on an Ubuntu Desktop.