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I need to use Ubuntu Desktop on my server for certain reasons because I can't use Ubuntu Server, but to make it more efficient I would like to remove the desktop environment and boot straight to the shell, all the other questions I saw the answer were for older versions of Ubuntu and the commands they posted did not work, mostly because it said those packages were not found. All in all I just need the desktop environment gone and boot to the shell. Thanks in advance, Josh.

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sudo apt-get purge unity gnome-shell lightdm

sudo apt-get clean

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get -f install
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This will allow me to boot to the shell still right? –  Wargog Jul 16 '14 at 16:34
yeah, and if it doesn't boot directly into the shell then you can just press ctrl+alt+f1 and that will bring you to a shell and the ubuntu/unity desktop won't be running –  sbergeron Jul 16 '14 at 17:21

If it is already installed, you can remove the Ubuntu Desktop metapackage and install the server softwares you need:

sudo apt-get install openssh

Configure SSH according to your needs. Then:

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove
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