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New Ubuntu User Help?

Asked by eambos (8909points) August 7th, 2008 from iPhone

Ive installed Ubuntu in a seperate partition of my hardrive. When I start Ubuntu up, it goes to a screen that says “BusyBox v1.1.3”. How do I get to the desktop from here?

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Skyrail's avatar

I’ve never heard of that before or had any problems with it :O I suggest trying going into #ubuntu and asking on the server. Wish I could help more but it seems unusual.

bodyhead's avatar

hey, yea the Ubuntu forums are awesome. I’ve always had all of my questions answered there very quickly. For this though I’m guessing you see something like:

Busybox v1.1.3


With a cursor blinking by the user. When you installed Ubuntu, you set up one account with a username and password. Enter that information and once you log on, you should see something like this:

Linux peanutcomputer 2.6.24–16-generic #1 SMP Thu Apr 10 13:23:42 UTC 2008 i686

The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by
applicable law.

To access official Ubuntu documentation, please visit:
Last login: Fri Aug 8 07:47:38 2008 from

Now you will be back at what’s called the command line. If you have a window manager properly installed you should be able to type the following command to have a desktop boot up:


eambos's avatar

Thank you two. I still can’t seem to get to the desktop, so I will uninstall and then reintsall Ubuntu. If that does not work, I will try the Ubuntu Forums again.

bodyhead's avatar

A reinstall might not be a bad idea. Make sure you take note of what you choose for your username and password. Also, you might want to make sure you are installing the desktop version and not the server version.

eambos's avatar

I just wanted to tell you that Ubuntu works today! I don’t know what I did, but when I started it up everything worked out. Thanks for your help, and I’m glad it worked well!

Skyrail's avatar

Haha awesome :D glad to hear it, I hope you enjoy using ubuntu, it’s a nice operating system :)

eambos's avatar

Yeah. This is just like a trial for me, because I plan on buying a really good OS-less laptop and installing Ubuntu on it. If I really, really like ubuntu I’ll even keep it on my desktop.

bodyhead's avatar

Hey Eambos, Ubuntu really does get better with each release. Once you start using it, the software upgrades from one version to the next will be far more noticeable.

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