This might be specific only to me, but I kinda observe, and faster to install Ubuntu server and add a GUI lateron, that wait for Ubuntu-Desktop edition to fully install.

While installing Ubuntu Server, I just add OpenSSH Server to enable me connect to the server from another PC.


Links: How to Install Ubuntu Server in Pictures

Login to Ubuntu Server, sudo into root and do the following:

1) Update the installation

command: apt-get update

2) command: tasksel

- scroll down and select Ubuntu desktop


while installation is going on, my screen looks like this:


after installation, reboot the server, and it'll reboot into GUI.

You can now login into Ubuntu Server with GUI.

The above was confirmed with Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS, codename Xenial.

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