I salvaged an old laptop (Sony Vaio XP 64MB) from the bin and I thought I would try and configure it as Linux on it to see what it's all about (born and bred on Wdws). So downloaded the file (ubuntu-8.04-desktop-i386.iso), burnt to CD and fired it up. Had a problem booting from the CD but somehow managed in the end. Now I've seem to have ended up with a dual boot (although I am sure I didn't select that option) and on selecting Ubuntu I just get a shell screen with prompt (initramfs). As I am not familiar with the various shell commands available could someone please advise how I just fire up the desktop.