Why one should want to install Gnome in Ubuntu as it comes with this distribution by default? The answer is rather short: it works for Ubuntu server initially installed without X window manager. Here you go:

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop gdm

When done you can run gnome desktop manager (gdm) and type your username and password to access Gnome Desktop and start using GUI applications:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

If you still have troubles with starting gnome once installed necessary apt packages, most the probably the problme is in improper video driver selected by default. Try the command below or use google or ubuntu forums to find more information about “xorg.conf”:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

 

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