When I boot my computer, I want to be greeted by a text terminal, like TTY. This way I want to be able to log in and type startx to start the GUI.

If I could get TTY to start on boot instead of a display manager, that would be enough.


Run these steps:

Edit your grub

$ sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Change from:


Change to:


Update Grub with

$ sudo update-grub

Disable the Lightdm manager:

$ sudo systemctl disable lightdm.

Now when you reboot it'll stop at the text login prompt.


While the command startx will give you an X session, it will not give you the expecited environment you are familiar with. To get a normal Ubuntu Desktop session you will have to start Lightdm. You can do this with:

$ sudo systemctl start lightdm

Assuming your distribution uses systemd, systemd's default target is graphical.target.

You can check the default with:

systemctl get-default

You can change the default to multi-user.target with:

systemctl set-default multi-user.target

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