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I've been using Ubuntu Server for quite a while, and I like seeing this when I log on over SSH:

Welcome to Ubuntu 13.04 (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-35-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/

  System information as of Mon Apr 21 02:06:46 UTC 2014

  System load:  0.0               Processes:           88
  Usage of /:   64.8% of 7.75GB   Users logged in:     0
  Memory usage: 64%               IP address for eth0: xx.xx.xxx.xxx
  Swap usage:   0%

  Graph this data and manage this system at:
    https://landscape.canonical.com/

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0 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

*** /dev/xvda1 will be checked for errors at next reboot ***

Last login: Fri Apr 18 21:29:50 2014 from bla-bla-bla.foo.bar.net
ubuntu@ip-xx-yy-zzz-aaa:~$

After upgrading one of my servers to 14.04, though, I only see this:

$ ssh closet
Last login: Sun Apr 20 19:42:57 2014 from 192.168.0.7
me@server1:~$

I don't like this as much. How can I bring back the old welcome screen?

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How did you upgrade? I've upgraded my personal dedicated server from 13.04 to 13.10 (note, as typed, you missed a release) and then 14.04 via the do-release-upgrade system. My system currently runs Trusty, and still displays the "summary" output. It's possible that a package migration changed this behavior, and knowing the interim packages might help diagnose the issue. –  K. Darien Freeheart Apr 21 at 2:16
    
I upgraded straight from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS.) –  Undo Apr 21 at 2:17
    
Did you use apt-get dist-upgrade, or the do-release-upgrade tool? –  K. Darien Freeheart Apr 21 at 2:19
    
I used do-release-upgrade. –  Undo Apr 21 at 2:22
    
@K.DarienFreeheart dist-upgrade doesn't upgrade distributions. –  Seth Apr 21 at 3:56

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From the information gathered in the comments, you don't have the /etc/motd file. Since this is just a symlink to /var/run/motd and you confirmed that you have that file just recreate the link with:

sudo ln -s /var/run/motd /etc/motd  

Reboot the server.


Trivia:

  • motd stands for "Message of the day". It contains the information you see when you boot the server.

  • The scripts in the /etc/update-motd.d folder update the motd on boot.

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