Greg Helledy on 11 Apr 2006 21:59:40 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] best way to install gui on debian base system?

>Debian does install a GUI - Gnome by default, so I am puzzled.  You
>can try "apt-get install kde" or "apt-get install gnome".  X should be
>installed by default - try "dpkg-reconfigure xerver-xfree86" or
>"dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" depending on which Xserver is
>installed.  Good luck.
>-- Bhaskar

I did "apt-get install kde", which ran, but still no gui.
I edited inittab to default to runlevel 5 and rebooted.
I then did "dpkg-reconfigure xerver-xfree86" and it said no such package was installed, so I apt-got that. Then I configured it.

I entered "startx" and it tried to start, but died saying there was no font server. Helpfully, the message also mentioned that beginning users should install package "x-window-system". So I apt-got that, and went through some more config screens.

Rebooted again, and was greeted with a gui and xdm login screen. Logged in and it took me right to KDE.

Thanks for the tip, I hope this helps somebody.


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