Ubuntu: After installation in terminal asking for user name and password, what is the next step? [closed]


I am new to Ubuntu, and I am working on a Mac. The Ubuntu installation was done by someone else. I logged in with the user name and password, but I'm not sure what next to do in the terminal to get to the graphical interface. Could someone assist or point me in a direction where I can get useful guidelines? I have done research, but nothing I found helped me.

When I tried to start the lightdm greeter, I got the following message:

lightdm.service not found    

Update: My understanding is that Ubuntu server is installed.


If you logged in to Ubuntu Server, there is no graphical interface, so you are done. If you logged in to Ubuntu Desktop, the following command will bring up a login screen to login to the default Ubuntu desktop environment.

sudo systemctl start graphical.target # Ubuntu 15.04 and later  


sudo service lightdm start # Ubuntu 12.04/14.04   

LightDM is the display manager running in Ubuntu. It starts the X servers, user sessions and greeter (login screen). Maybe you got the error message lightdm.service not found because you are logged in to Ubuntu Server and LightDM is not installed. Ask whoever installed Ubuntu whether he installed Ubuntu Desktop or Ubuntu Server.

To install the default Ubuntu desktop environment (Unity) in Ubuntu Server run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop  sudo reboot  

These commands will also install the LightDM greeter so that you can login to the default Ubuntu desktop environment from a nice login screen.


I am also very new to Ubuntu so you can try the following things, as I came across a similar problem yesterday:

  1. Try ctrl+alt+f1( try all from f1 to f11 ), I just got stuck yesterday on a virtual machine and realized that there are more than 1 terminals in Ubuntu

  2. You can also try command


This will show if you have ubuntu-desktop environment installed.

Regards, Shivam Rastogi

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