Install a graphical desktop on Ubuntu Server 10.04 (without alot of extras)

Sometimes I find the need to install Ubuntu Server with a gnome desktop like the one that you get with Ubuntu Desktop.  You can install Ubuntu Server and then use apt-get to install the package ubuntu-desktop.  However, if you do that you will end up installing almost everything that comes with a Ubuntu Desktop installation.  This is not what I want.

What I really want is a  gnome graphical desktop running on top of Ubuntu Server and very little else.  Here is what I do.

Step 1:

Install Ubuntu Server

Step 2:

Logon and install the following packages.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop –no-install-recommends

You will want the indicator applets.

$ sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete indicator-applet

If you want a web browser, a good choice is chromium.

$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Step 3:

Reboot and enjoy.

That is all.

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