Killing the Desktop GUI (Off with it's head!)

I'm getting my Ubuntu builds from Here. It appears that Firefly is using the lightdm desktop manager. I'm trying to create a NAS replacement device, so I don't want a desktop. After a bunch of digging, this appears to be the fastest was do disable the desktop:

sudo systemctl disable lightdm.service
sudo shutdown -r 0

Now my idle draw is 285mA which is on par with my RPi 3.

FYI: I read that Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Desktop Ubuntu use the same kernel (

Hope that helps!


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