Ubuntu – ctrl+alt+f8 pulls blank screen. What is this for?

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Ctrl+Alt+f1 through Ctrl+Alt+f6 will pull up terminals and Ctrl+Alt+f7 pulls up the xserver.

But Ctrl+Alt+f8 pulls a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

I can't type anything. Does this serve a purpose?

Best Answer

Only virtual terminals 1 through 7 are used by default on Ubuntu. Virtual terminals beyond 7 are left unused. But if you use multiple logins using the "Switch Account" feature, then these will go from 8 onwards.