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Trying out Ubuntu Server. Does it have a GUI?

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First off, I found an old pc that I had lying around, so I decided to try my hand at a linux server box. Something I can maybe do something besides just a file server that my WHS does. But I am really confused.. I understand that a lot of linux OSs use terminals a lot more than Windows or a Mac.

So I installed Ubuntu Server on my machine, went through the whole installation process, rebooted, and was presented with a terminal like screen. It asked me to login, which I did, now I just have a cursor.. Is it possible to have any sort of GUI? Or am I just going to have to suck it up and do everything by text? It seems that the tutorials that I have read go right from installing Ubuntu Server to "go to System" and things like that which would make me assume there is a GUI somewhere.. I just don't know how to get to it. Thanks in advance for any help!
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Ubuntu server does not have a GUI...it's all through the terminal.

Technically you could install gnome but honestly you'ld be better off learning to do things through the terminal.
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Would you know of a good tutorial site that has pretty simple explanations for how to do things?
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Rather than just learning one command after another (boring) it may keep you more interested to learn them in context. If there is something you want to do on the server (maybe file sharing?) you can look up a tutorial on that and if you run into a command that you don't know, look it up.
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+1 on learning the terminal. Once you learn the basics, you'll find it a lot quicker than using a GUI. You might check out a linux for dummies book, that's where I got the basics. While you're learning all this (gonna get flamed here), you should switch to fedora/centos/something RHEL based. Ubuntu is watered down for desktop/standard user ease of use. Since your stuck with a terminal anyway, go to redhat.
Once you get the basics down and start understanding how things work, like cp, ls, rm, and the basics of how bash works, you can do most things, everything else is a quick google search, like how to set a static ip from the terminal that I just learned a few days ago.
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@OP

I agree with the suggestion of learning the commands one subject at a time, rather than all of them; it enables you to maintain focus, which means you'll learn quicker.

Additionally, you could download Webmin on another machine, copy it to your server with a thumb drive and then install it on your server. Download the Debian package of Webmin, copy it to your server and install it with:

Code:
dpkg -i webmin_package_name_here.deb
Then go to your PC and hit https://<my.ubuntu.server.ip>:10000. Webmin makes life easier for administering servers, but doesn't preclude the terminal. The terminal is still more powerful.
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@op yes there is a gui functionality that you can install through terminal after you log in....

start off with
sudo apt-get update
then
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

that is command line to install gnome desktop

if that is the way you would like to go there it is... the cli is pretty simple once you get the hang of it,
but hey... even I get lazy sometimes
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I don't know if it's what you had in mind but I just updated the thread on webmin. Instead of the CLI you can do everything system-related through a web interface.

I also just installed Ubuntu server (on a netbook). I want to create a portable PxE boot station. I followed my instructions for webmin and they work with 11.04.
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