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I've installed Ubuntu 12.04, but when I login it says bryan@ubuntu:~$ and waits for me to type something. Is it supposed to be the password or is there a command I'm supposed to enter?

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Is it Ubuntu Desktop or Server? –  kelvinafox Feb 1 '13 at 18:40
    
It sounds like you're at a virtual terminal instead of a GUI. Try pressing Ctrl+Alt+F7. This should take you to your standard GUI login screen. –  iBelieve Feb 1 '13 at 18:40
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@iBelieve Typically the only reasons someone isn't on tty7 after boot is if X11 isn't running at all. Running startx from the $ prompt can sometimes help though. –  Eliah Kagan Feb 1 '13 at 18:57
    
@kelvinafox its ubuntu server. should i have used desktop? im installing it as the only os on the laptop.. –  user127859 Feb 1 '13 at 19:09
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Because it is Ubuntu Server, it doesn't have a GUI at all. This might help explain the differences between Ubuntu Desktop or Server. –  iBelieve Feb 1 '13 at 19:14

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Since you see bryan@ubuntu:~$, you are already logged in. bryan is logged on at (@) the machine which you named ubuntu. The ~ shows where you are in the file system (~ means home folder) and the $ means it is waiting for your commands.

Ubuntu Server is meant to be used from the command line (mainly for server administration). If you want to have a graphical environment (windows, icons, buttons, mouse pointer and such), you should install Ubuntu Desktop instead of Ubuntu Server.

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