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I had installed Lubuntu in my old computer. It's so old that I think I should not use any desktop environment.

Is there any way to boot without Any desktop environment? I had only Lubuntu on my computer thus I didn't install grub or boot loader. I don't want to remove the desktop environment for testing reasons or start single application as posted here. I want to boot into my Lubuntu normally, just without any desktop environment (e.g: LXDE), I want it like Ubuntu server.

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  • Then try the Openbox session? That option should be available at login time. – Justice for Monica Jun 15 '17 at 14:35
  • I had to go for puppy linux now. – noone Jun 15 '17 at 15:34

While your system is running use:

systemctl isolate multi-user.target

If you were happy with what you've got, set multi-user as your default systemd target:

sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target

Alternatively you can kill the "X" or disable display manger service...


You can just enter runlevel 3 as default. if you are using systemd you can do this:

$ sudo systemctl set-default runlevel3.target


$ sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target
  • It's just a symbolic link... right? ;) – Ravexina Jun 15 '17 at 14:49
  • Yes. they both point to same thing. – Danial Behzadi Jun 15 '17 at 14:50

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