Greetings from a Ubuntu (and Linux) newbie. I've successfully downloaded and installed 8.04 LTS on a machine devoted entirely to Ubuntu. After installing off the cd, I reset my BIOS to boot off the hard drive. I typically shutdown the machine and turn off its power after I'm through for the day. When I cold start the machine the next day, I see a brief message about GRUB, then I get the Ubuntu logo splash screen with the horizontally oscillating gauge--but that's it: it just sits there like that. After waiting 15 minutes I hit the reset switch. That worked: in short order it went through GRUB, then the splash screen, then presented the login screen. I logged in any everything was fine, as far as I can tell. This happens every time I shutdown. Is this the design behaviour, or do I need to change something?