View Full Version : boot into full screen terminal

March 14th, 2010, 02:44 AM
Is there an easy way to change a run level to just boot into terminal. I don't need a GUI to log in or anything, just want a black and white screen to work in and if needed startx. I feel the only way to get a better understanding of linux is to stop using the crutch of the gui

March 14th, 2010, 04:54 AM
Append 'text' to your kernel options in GRUB.

I suggest using a terminal multiplexer such as screen or tmux, if you want to actually be productive outside of X. A tiling window manager also helps facilitate this without being bulky like Gnome or KDE.

March 14th, 2010, 04:59 AM
Have a go at this:

March 14th, 2010, 07:56 AM
RedHat and derived systems adhere to the "Runlevel" concept where
runlevel 5 is full graphical and runlevel 3 is text.

Debian and its derivatives(like Ubuntu) just configure runlevel 2 to be
what is desired and stick with that.

This is one of those few situations where I have no preference,
I just go with the flow of the OS I'm using ;).

If you are running Ubuntu 9.04 and below, you can disable the gdm service like this:

sudo update-rc.d gdm disable

Starting with Ubuntu 9.10, gdm has completed the move to an Upstart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upstart) job, so you can do this:

sudo mv /etc/init/gdm.conf{,.disabled}