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Old 05-28-2017, 12:39 PM   #1
torbuck
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Question Lightweight desktop environment for ubuntu server


Greetings

I am working on a full rebuild of my Ubuntu Linux server (16.04.2 LTS) which I use for a media
server. My previous server, I followed this guide to install a lightweight Gnome desktop to use in various occasions where a desktop environment was handy to have:

https://www.htpcbeginner.com/lightwe...ubuntu-server/

The desktop would not start automatically when the system was rebooted. For the new server, I am interested in doing the same, but with a Mate desktop instead. I am interested if there would be a minimal Mate desktop install, as well as not have it automatically load at boot. When using Gnome, I would just launch the desktop by typing in "startx". The procedure in the link above walked you through disabling some services so that Gnome would not start at startup. I am interested if the same procedure would apply for the Mate desktop

Appreciate any feedback!
 
Old 05-28-2017, 06:38 PM   #2
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Once. I used a Ubuntu Minimal iso and did a Icewm install on a old Acer single core pentium 4 desktop machine. It was not a Desktop environment install. But a Window manager install with my preferences for file manager and browsers and terminal and stuff.

Because Ubuntu did not have a Icewm version/spinoff.

But Ubuntu Mate version is running strong and is available.
It seems easier to me to remove certain things than add certain things.

Just wondering what is wrong with going with a Ubuntu Mate iso and tweaking it to your druthers.

But since you asked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOYWx_YToh8

minimal mate is circled in the video as a choice for install using a minimal iso.
 
Old 05-28-2017, 09:06 PM   #3
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With systemd you should be able to simply change the default target. I don't use Ubuntu, but I believe they've moved on to systemd.
 
Old 05-29-2017, 04:24 PM   #4
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http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/05/i...untu-16-04-lts

The easiest way is to install ubuntu-gnome-desktop https://askubuntu.com/questions/7660...n-ubuntu-16-04

dpkg-reconfigure gdm3
 
  


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