Saturday 16 May 2020

Using tasksel on Ubuntu Server 18.xx to install Ubuntu Desktop GUI environment

The Ubuntu and Debian package known as "tasksel" provides an easy and straight forward was to install some of the most well known components onto a Ubuntu or Debian system. In this example I am going to install the Ubuntu Desktop environment.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

sudo apt-get install tasksel -y
sudo tasksel

The sudo tasksel command will launch the GUI interface below with a check box option to install packages. 

Use the space bar to select the object until a star appears in the column. The installation will then reach out to the Internet to pull down the binaries which make up the installation package to enable the Ubuntu Desktop. 

When the installation completes, you will be back at the CLI prompt. If you type startx it should launch the graphical environment.