Login to Ubuntu

After we’ve installed Ubuntu, we can log in and perform some basic tasks. After you boot the system, you will be asked for your login details. Enter the username and password you’ve specified during the installation:

ubuntu logging in

After the login, you are presented with the Ubuntu GUI, similar to the one found in Windows. As of the version 10.10, Ubuntu features Unity, a completely reimagined user interface designed to minimize distractions, give you more room to work, and help you get things done:

ubuntu desktop

On the left side of your screen you can see the Launcher:

ubuntu launcher

The Launcher provides you with quick access to applications, workspaces, removable devices and the trash. You can click on an application’s icon to start it.

Near the top left corner of the screen you can see the Dash:

ubuntu dash

The Dash allows you to search for applications, files, music, and videos, and shows you items that you have used recently. It includes a search bar, application and files shortcuts, and launchers for commonly-used applications. For example, to start an image viewer program, you can type image and click on the first result (Image Viewer):

ubuntu dash find application

Near the top right corner you can find a couple of menus that you can use to connect to a network, change the layout of the keyboard, change volume settings, change the date and time, or shut down the computer:

ubuntu top right corner

To shut down your computer, click on the System menu icon in the top right corner and select Shut Down:

ubuntu shutdown

In the window that opens, click Shut Down.

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