As an experiment as much as anything, on a non critical PC, after kicking Lubuntu 13.whatever LTS to do all it's incremental updates, I was left looking at the announcemnt re Ubuntu 14.xx LTS is out.
After a clean boot to make sure all was well, and checking that there was nothing I "Needed" to do on it anytime soon, I kicked off the "Upgrade"...
After many hours (mainly because I walked away and left it, but found it needed a few confirmaiton inputs from me) it completed, so I let it reboot.
Well, it seems to boot cleanly, asks for the password that it accepts, and eventualy settles down, but to a black screen with just a mouse pointer, that moves about, but otherwise doesn't do anything.
No desktop background, no toolbar,
no icons/links. But, if you momenteraly press the (hardware) power button, it does an orderly shutdown just fine. From the flickering telltale lights, the wifi is working too.
Other than try and find a non PAE install of 14.x that fits on a CD and do a clean install from scratch, is there any practical way to recover a working desktop? I know the passwords, but had not specifically set it up to be ssh'd into from the LAN.
I was expecting to need to perhaps rebuild stuff like the Fl-suite from sources, and a few others, but this is odd.
Ideas anyone? Before it gets flattened and wiped with something else? (Yes, I have looked at the Ubuntu support list, clear as mud!)
Dave G0WBX. (Off outside while the weather is nice.)
Posted by: g8kbvdave-gM/Ye1E23mwN+BqQ9rBEUg@public.gmane.org