Ubuntu server by default uses the open source driver nouveau. I have to have the Nvidia driver from what I have read in order for Plex to be able to use it for transcoding. The card is a Quadro K-2000 I install the driver using,

sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-450

upon reboot, I have a weird GUI that I will try to describe to the best of my abilities.

It is a solid blue with the word 'Activites' in the top left, date in the top center and audio, shutdown in top right. When I click 'Activites' I get to two options, Help and Show Applications.

Is this normal?

If it is, is there a way to use Nvidia's driver without getting this odd GUI that doesn't even have a terminal anywhere I can find?


It looks like gnome-shell is also installed with nvidia-driver-450. But the prompt does warm about that as you can see here

Type Ctrl+Alt+F3 to switch a terminal (TTY)

Here is an article that explains How To Switch Between TTYs

Edit: I tested installing nvidia-driver-450 on a Ubuntu server 20.04 and gnome-shell was installed as well.

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