I, too, must be a noob!
I have yanked out my OpenSuSE boot drive and replaced it with a blank one, and installed Ubuntu Server 8.10.
I boot the thing up, and login, and it brings me to a command line. I'd LOVE to have a GUI from which to work (admin stuff like reconfiguring my 4 disk RAID5 array, mounting it, setting up Samba for my workgroup, creating my shares, setting up my users in Samba so they/we can login from our WinXP Pro desktops, etc. This is in my home, with currently only 2 computers - both are WinXP Pro - accessing the network server).
I don't have either a folder or file in /etc/ called inittab, so I'm confused. Do I need to make a file in /etc/ named inittab with the line "inittdafault 5" ?
Or, is there simply a command that I can enter that will bring up an admin GUI?
OpenSuSE had either KDE or Gnome built-in, and YaST for admin work. I'm kinda stuck trying to figure out how to get to a GUI in this Impatient Ibex. Oh, not "impatient?" that must just be me
Of course, by the time I get this thing setup & working, I won't be a Newbie with Ubuntu, just like I'm not such a Newbie with OpenSuSE anymore, either. Hopefully, Ubuntu will be my last one, but I've got Slackware and CentOS on my short list of OSs to try!