In previous versions of Ubuntu, Ctrl+Alt+F1 through F6 opened up virtual consoles. On Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 Ctrl+Alt+F1 opens another GUI and the others do nothing.
How do I restore the old behavior?
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> the others do nothing.
On 17.10, the virtual terminals are there but invisible! You can type blindly into them and they work:
Alt-Ctrl-F4 # switch to a VT Enter username # typing blindly into black screen... password date >/tmp/foo Alt-Ctrl-F1 # switch back to Wayland GUI ls -l /tmp/foo # it's there