View Full Version : [all variants] What have I done?

jeff Odom
September 23rd, 2008, 10:01 PM
I've just recently downloaded Ubuntu, but when I pick it as the O.S. I want it just goes to what seems to be a DOS prompt asking for my username and password, but after that does not go to a desk top. What have I done wrong?

September 23rd, 2008, 10:06 PM
did you download and install the server version? You can tell if when you installed you never got a full desktop, but only a text installer (this applies to server and alternate).

Try running 'startx' which should start the desktop stuff if its installed.

The desktop version can be downloaded from here: http://ubuntu.media.mit.edu/ubuntu-releases/hardy/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-i386.iso

September 23rd, 2008, 10:15 PM
To check if you've installed the server version, type
uname -r If it says something like 2.6.24-19-server then you've got the server version; if it says something like 2.6.24-19-generic, you've got the desktop version.

If you have installed the server version, just type
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop to install the graphical bits.