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Step 9 - GUI Installation

It's worth taking note here that our final build of the BB-xM configuration should not need a Graphical User Interface, (GUI). Still, if we need to do some modification to some files or if you struggle majorly with Linux, (like I do), then a GUI can be a real godsend. There are many, many, many GUI's available and each is different and work best for different setups. As we are using the BB-xM, it is important to keep in mind that while the board is still very much like a computer, it's processing power is more like a light-weight version of what a PC. It is for this reason that I usually favor the Light-Weight x11 Desktop Environment, LXDE, which "uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments" and "is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications, such as netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers." (For more information on this build, check out their website, http://lxde.org/). However, for this we need some of the drivers of the other builds, so this time we will install GDM

Anyway, lets install GDM. Like the software updates, we require internet access for this step

  1. Run the following command
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
  2. You will be prompted to choose which build you want here, choose GDM
  3. This will take a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time, or it did the times I did it. (Between 2-4 hours), so settle in and prepare to do other things while this is going on.
  4. Once the GUI has installed, restart the system
-- AlYoung - 2013-01-09
Topic revision: r2 - 2013-02-18 - AlYoung
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