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    Running Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop in 'server' mode

    I'd like to install the full Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop, but frequently I want run the computer in 'server' mode - ie, command line only. Occasionally, I'd want to run the Desktop.

    I'd rather not dual-boot between Desktop and Server editions.

    If it is possible, or necessary, I'll install the Desktop and the Server on the same partition (to make sure all the necessary packages are present).

    This is an old computer, with limited memory (384MB) so I don't want the Desktop running when I don't need it - which is most of the time.
    Last edited by chilisastry; December 13th, 2012 at 02:44 PM. Reason: corrected typos

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    Re: Running Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop in 'server' mode

    you probably know already how to boot the "desktop" without the graphic stuff: simply boot in recovery mode

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    Re: Running Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop in 'server' mode

    384MB of RAM isn't enough to run Ubuntu Desktop, try installing Lubuntu instead as it has the lowest system requirements of any of the *buntus.

    Once you have this installed you can run the following command so that the system always boots to a command line instead of a graphical login screen:
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    echo  "manual" | sudo tee -a /etc/init/lightdm.override
    When you do need to use the desktop you can use the command:
    Code:
    startx
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