Installing GNOME Desktop on Ubuntu Server with Shell

To resolve the issue, you can use the command to install GNOME Shell 3.14. This command can also be used for GNOME 3.16 and upcoming versions of GNOME. The installation of Ubuntu GNOME desktop will be included in this process.


Solution 1:

The installation of

ubuntu-gnome-desktop

will provide Ubuntu users with a complete
GNOME desktop environment
, which incorporates

gnome-shell

as well as some standard applications and optimizations.


gnome-shell

solely installs the necessary dependencies for the GNOME shell, unlike

ubuntu-gnome-desktop

that automatically installs various packages, including

gnome-session

, essential for using the GNOME desktop.

To obtain the desktop interface, it is necessary to install the software identified as

ubuntu-gnome-desktop

.


The package

gnome-shell

is included in

ubuntu-gnome-desktop

as it is dependent on

gnome-shell

.

$ apt-cache depends ubuntu-gnome-desktop | grep gnome-shell
  Depends: gnome-shell
  Depends: gnome-shell-extensions


Solution 2:


Gnome-shell solely provides the desktop environment, whereas ubunut-gnome-desktop is a package collection that includes not only gnome-shell but also essential Ubuntu gnome applications such as Firefox, Rhythmbox, and Totem.

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