However you connect to a command-line interface, you start with a prompt similar to this one:
Ubuntu 12.10 oneric seymour ttylseymour login:
Your prompt might vary, depending on the version of Ubuntu you are using and the method you are using to connect. In any event, at this prompt, type in your username and press Enter. When you are prompted for your password, type it in and press Enter.
Your password is not echoed back to you, which is a good idea. Why is it a good idea? Well, people are prevented from looking over your shoulder and seeing your screen input. It is not difficult to guess that a five-letter password might correspond to the user’s spouse’s first name. After typing your username and pressing the ...