graphical interface

Asked by mortega

I downloaded and installed Ubuntu in my spare computer.
After about 1 1/2 hours of installation time and the computer having been re-booted, all I get is a prompt on the screen that reads:


What do I do next? Is that all I should expect from Ubuntu?

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Frode M. Døving (frode) said :

How did you install this computer? did you choose server install?

What are the specs of this computer?
Do plan to use this computer as a server or a workstation?

If you plan to use this as a workstation you should install some graphical desktop environment.
Which one depends on the specs of the computer, and your requirements.

Low/Medium specs <1GHz <256MB RAM -> xubuntu
Medium/High specs >1GHz >256MB RAM -> ubuntu or kubuntu

You can read more about the different choices and view screenshots at their homepages:

To install one of the above, you can use the commands listed below:
sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop

sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop

Hope this was somehow helpfull.

- Frode

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mortega (mortega-987) said :

The version I installed is Ubuntu-Server 6 and it had a help menu by pressing the F1 key, but id did not have any installation options.

Yesterday I downloaded the ubuntu 6.10 desktop ISO file, and burned the CD.

I started the computer with the CD in the drive, and after about half hour I got a light-brown screen, about 20 minutes later a white bar appeared on the top, and then every 20 minutes or so icons appeared on both the white bar and the desktop.

After there were about 6 or 7 icons altogether the CD drive simply kept spinning, and the computer did not respond to the mouse, keyboard, or anything else except the power button.

I repeated downloading the ISO file from two other different sites, creating new CD's and attempting installation, but the results were identical.

The third time I left the computer running overnight, but the next day the CD drive was simply spinning and the computer not responding, except for the power button of course.

I give up.

I have come to the conclusion that Linux simply does not work in a home computer.

I was hoping to liberate myself from Microsoft's tyranny and salvage my two perfectly working computers, but it is not to be.

It is now clear to me that the solution is Apple Computer Corp.

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williamts99 (williamts99) said :

You didn't mention at all the specs of the system that you are trying to install Ubuntu onto. More likely then not we will be able to help you get Ubuntu running. If you choose to go with Apple, it's another fine alternative to Microsoft if that is your only goal.

Best Regards,


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Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 🦄 (popey) said :

I hope you are not going to give up without letting us have a fighting chance of solving your problem? :)

I'd agree with williamts99, it's more likely you have a relatively low specification computer. This is not a disaster, you will find that Linux runs far better on low-spec computers than either Windows or Apple OS X.

Let us know what specification computer you have and we can direct you accordingly.

We really need to know either the manufacturer of the computer, or the CPU type and speed, and the amount of RAM.

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mortega (mortega-987) said :

I am very appreciative for the replies I have received from you.

Perhaps I was being too optimistic, but I was trying to install the Ubuntu operating system in my older computer which is:

Computer: Micron Millennia 400 MAX
Processor: Intel Pentium II, 400MHZ
Memory: 128MB
Hard Drive: 10GB IDE, 5400RPM
Video Card: 8MB, Real 3D Starfighter AGP
Sound Card: Onboard sound

The system requirements given in your web page gave me the impression that I may be able to install the Ubuntu operating system in this computer, but I may be incorrect.

I may also have downloaded the wrong ISO file, your web page gives options for downloading Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu, but it doesn't indicate which one installs a graphical operating system in a home computer.

I downloaded Ubuntu 6.10, but during the installation which at the end didn't work, I didn't get an option to install the system permanently to the hard disk, I didn't see any indication that anything was being written to the hard disk, but what I gathered was that the computer was trying to run the operating system from the CD.

Please let me know if the computer where I tried to install the operating system is inadequate.

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williamts99 (williamts99) said :

Well that system does tend to lean towards the low end. I would recommend going with the XFCE desktop which is included in Xubuntu. This version of Ubuntu takes the base of Ubuntu but instead of use Gnome or KDE, it uses the much lighter XFCE desktop environment. Also, you might want to refer to for more information about alternative programs that use less resources.

Another great reference is the Xubuntu wiki located at where you can find help and usually answer any questions that you may have.

If you decide to go this route, please post back and let us know how it goes :-)

If these comments have solved your problem, please consider marking this support request as solved. contains useful information about managing your support request.

If you are still having problems, let us know and we'll keep working on them.

Best Regards,


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Troy297 (troy297) said :

I am having a similar issue to mortega. I used the "sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop" command and then it did a bunch a stuff, and then asked me to insert the Ubuntu CD into the "/cdrom/" drive, which I did, and then hit enter.

Once I hit enter it gave me an error message and simply said aborted. Anyone know why? Thanks!

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