Ubuntu – How to add a desktop/GUI to a command-line Ubuntu installation

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I had installed Ubuntu on a VM, with a command-line only interface, now I have had enough of command-line interface experience and plan to proceed with GUI mode.

But I dont want to install a fresh copy of Ubuntu with GUI mode; I want my current [CLI] to have GUI.

I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed as CLI, and desired to have some light-weight (less resource consuming, slow-system friendly) GUI.

What are my options and how can I accomplish this?

Best Answer

If you want a fully-functional desktop environment, there are lightweight ones available. Here are some, in approximate order of increasing resource consumption:

If you want to go lighter-weight than any of that, you can manually install the xorg package, and a lightweight window manager like openbox or fluxbox (source).