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I have a ubuntu 13.10. It worked normally until I somehow mistakenly turn it into terminal mode. I was trying to install some nox to my virtual box, and I downloaded a vm image package and imported into my virtual box. Suddenly everything froze. Even keyboard was not responding.

so I had to restart my computer and it turned into pure terminal mode. I doubt if there's anything in my downloaded package that somehow changed my kernel or like. Anyway After some struggle,I can go back to the desktop via startx command , but the desktop is different from what I had before.

There's no launch panel, no window, and even if you open libreoffice, you cannot minimize or move the "window"(if there's one) it belongs to. The program is fine, I can type in the libreoffice, I can write words in it, but I cannot deal with windows. so I guess it went into some kind of window manager free mode like the old eighties.

please brief me what term is appropriate to refer to this situation. I don't even know what to Google.

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did you try ctrl +alt +f7? it brings you back to gui mode. –  Registered User Feb 14 '14 at 9:44
I tried but it stopped at some file with permission issue, and it just stays there in the terminal with cursor flashing –  Daniel Feb 14 '14 at 9:47
can you give the file permission issue output? –  Registered User Feb 14 '14 at 9:49
Do you have enough space on your harddrive? It sounds to me like you finished the space in the partition with the /home directory. –  dadexix86 Feb 14 '14 at 9:50
This? askubuntu.com/questions/17381/… –  Seth Mar 2 '14 at 3:42