13 June 2011

OK, so Kubuntu Natty Narwhal tends to Kernel Panic after logging in...

...on a few different machines, so it ain’t a coincidence.

It doesn’t K-P as it launches KDM, only as you log in.

Plus the Plymouth startup thingy is often quite reluctant to stop playing splash-screen.

If you Ctrl-Alt-F* & log in to a text console, you can kill KDM, then “/usr/bin/startx /usr/bin/startkde” on some (not all) machines to get a running KDE session.

Owe... kay. From a console:

sudo su -
cd /usr/bin
mv kdm kdm.removed
vi /etc/rc.local
/bin/plymouth --quit

sudo su - username /usr/bin/startx /usr/bin/startkde

sleep 5

It helps to delete the “nosplash” & “” keywords from the GRUB command you’re booting, add “plymouth:debug” then re-run grub-install, all of which gets Plymouth to settle down a bit more, plus slightly reduces the odds of being left with an always-K-P video card.

Yes, that logs you in (no password) as exactly one user, but for many workstations, that’s more than adequate.

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