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Thread: Any way to boot in to terminal but still have GUI available?

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    Question Any way to boot in to terminal but still have GUI available?

    Basically I want to know if I can boot directly in to a gnome terminal, and then if I type in to terminal "gedit", the text editing window window will pop up. Or if I type in "google-chrome", the web browser will open, but the desktop will itself just be a terminal. No task bar or anything.

    Is this possible?
    Last edited by arrjayjee; December 23rd, 2012 at 11:22 AM.

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    Re: Any way to boot in to terminal but still have GUI available?

    I believe its possible, as when you boot into an Ubuntu, many different terminals load. They are reached by the function keys (F1,F2, F3...) where F1 is the GUI mode, and others are terminals. I only know this but I dont know how to enter them.
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    Re: Any way to boot in to terminal but still have GUI available?

    You can boot into a text screen, if you change a boot option, and from the text screen you can easily start an X-window graphical desktop environment. But you cannot run graphical applications without a graphical desktop environment. If you have several screens, they can be run in different modes.

    An alternative is to run the primitive openbox session without a desktop environment such as LXDE or XFCE.

    Change a line in /etc/default/grub to
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash text"
    and make it active by the command
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    I use the following script to start X in Ubuntu 12.04
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    
    ans="$(ps -A|grep \ lightdm$)"
    res=$?
    if [ "$res" == "0" ]
    then
     echo "x (lightdm) is already running"
    else
     echo "x will be started:"
     echo "sudo service lightdm start"
     sudo service lightdm start
    fi
    I store it in the file ~/bin/x and I have added the following line to the end of .bashrc as a reminder.
    Code:
    echo "x to start the graphic desktop environment lightdm"

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    Re: Any way to boot in to terminal but still have GUI available?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cookieh View Post
    I believe its possible, as when you boot into an Ubuntu, many different terminals load. They are reached by the function keys (F1,F2, F3...) where F1 is the GUI mode, and others are terminals. I only know this but I dont know how to enter them.
    In Ubuntu (and its flavours Lubuntu etc) you enter into the different screens with the following hotkey combinations (press all keys at the same time)

    ctrl + alt + F1 (normally a text screen)
    ctrl + alt + F2 (normally a text screen)
    ctrl + alt + F3 (normally a text screen)
    ctrl + alt + F4 (normally a text screen)
    ctrl + alt + F5 (normally a text screen)
    ctrl + alt + F6 (normally a text screen)

    ctrl + alt + F7 (normally the graphic desktop environment)

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