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How do I boot into console mode?

I'm looking for a solution, to start my server only with a shell. I don't need the unity windowmanager because i want to save ressources. On this server runs a webserver with my webservices in semi-production. So for default it is enough to start in a bash and access the server vie putty. no windowmanager is needed.

Please assist, how to configure the system to start only in shell by default?

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marked as duplicate by James, Octavian Damiean, Jjed, Takkat, fossfreedom Feb 1 '12 at 23:32

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what version of ubuntu did you install ? desktop is the one version of ubuntu which support unity as desktop manager , because ubuntu server edition start with a shell without GUI optimize for this case.

How to get it ?

Ubuntu server Edition

From Ubuntu Docs (

What's the difference between desktop and server?

The first difference is in the CD contents. The "Server" CD avoids including what Ubuntu considers desktop packages (packages like X) but includes server related packages (Apache2, Bind9 and so on). Using a Desktop CD with a minimal installation and installing, for example, apache2 from the network, one can obtain the exact same result that can be obtained by inserting the Server CD and installing apache2 from the cd-rom.

The Ubuntu Server Edition installation process is slightly different then the Desktop Edition. Since by default Ubuntu Server doesn't have a GUI the process is menu driven, very similar to the Alternate CD installation process. Ubuntu server install by default a server optimized kernel. Ubuntu Desktop will receive a 3 years support, Ubuntu Server will be supported for 5 years.

How to Remote Administration (like putty, remmina etc...)?

ubuntu server recommend this two package :

  • Openssh server
  • Puppet

Chapter 5. Remote Administration

P.S: If you have got a desktop installation you can see this post, the first option doesn't work because there is a bug:

How do I boot into console mode?

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okay, i ws sure i installed the server version a couple weeks ago. But the system information says only Ubuntu 11.10. So can i repeat the question, how to start my version in a shell without gui to saving performance? – Frank Nov 3 '11 at 12:59
I'm not really sure, if installed the server but the download link semms familiar. can you give me a tip, how i can read out the version of my installation? – Frank Nov 3 '11 at 13:04

You need to install the Ubuntu Server Edition. If you have a window manager, you definitely haven't installed the Server Edition. In theory, you could uninstall the desktop specific packages and install server edition's specific packages, but I would recommend reinstalling the system with the Ubuntu Server Edition version.

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