I have a Linux Mint XFCE system running on a lenovo z70. I've been trying to boot into the terminal on startup (but still allow me to start the graphical interface with startx if need be). Changing these settings here did nothing: http://ask.xmodulo.com/boot-into-command-line-ubuntu-debian.html and the directions here: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/460 also do not work as there is no "quiet splash" line. I dont know if these are errors or what.
Linux Mint beginning with version 18 using different init system that calls
systemd, so to be able to boot into console, one need to use:
text to GRUB wouldn't work on such systems.
There a few methods you can use to boot into console by default:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="" and add
then apply changes by running:
Now, tell operation system what
systemd target to use on boot:
To boot by default in terminal, run:
sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target
Next reboot will go to console without loading desktop.
To revert changes above (re-enable boot to GUI desktop by default) you need to run:
sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target
Disable MDM service:
To disable login to GUI desktop, you need to disable MDM (Desktop Manager) service:
sudo systemctl disable lightmdm
To revert changes, run:
sudo systemctl enable lightmdm
If you want to start GUI Desktop on demand without changing previous preference, you can run:
sudo systemctl start lightmdm