Digital Ocean's Console VNC opens to Ubuntu Desktop login directly.

Posted October 25, 2014 4.6k views


My Droplet has Ubuntu 14.04 x64, and I tried to install ubuntu-desktop over there by
sudo apt-install ubuntu-desktop

After installing that, Digital Ocean’s gets desktop login screen directly, and also there’s no user but temporary login because ubuntu desktop does not support to login as root.

The problem is, VNC console screen does not have correct mouse pointer, so I cannot click right-upper side nor do other things.

So I don’t want to open the desktop screen but want to get terminal console directly.
I am not going to use Digital Ocean’s console often, but in an emergency case, it’s gonna be a problem.

Is there a way to setup Digital Ocean’s console to open console, not desktop?


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The name of the display manager (the software that among other things provides the login window) is lightdm. We can disable it from starting on boot by running:

sudo bash -c 'echo "manual" >> /etc/init/lightdm.override'

To start the display manager when needed, run:

sudo start lightdm