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Old 08-20-2009, 01:42 AM   #1
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After installing Debian, the default desktop environment is...


This is a very stupid question.

I recently installed Debian 5.0 with a graphic installer. I happened to found that when I clicked "desktop environment", I got GNOME afterwards.

Is GNOME the default desktop environment for Debian?
 
Old 08-20-2009, 01:44 AM   #2
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yes..i think so
 
Old 08-20-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
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Yes if you choose "desktop" during the install you get gnome.

To install KDE instead of GNOME during Debian installation if you're not installing from the KDE CD, supply "tasks=standard, kde-desktop" at the boot prompt of any of the installers. For more details, see http://wiki.debian.org/KdeDebInstall.

Personally I think the installer should ask what de/wm you want and at the very least give you a choice of gnome/kde/xfce/lxde/openbox/fluxbox, and the choice of whether you want to add contrib non-free to your sources.list and if your on stable ask if you also want backports.org repo.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 02:35 AM   #4
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Yes if you choose "desktop" during the install you get gnome.
Since this is my first time installing a non-Ubuntu distro, is it a full GNOME environment or minimal GNOME environment? I'm missing Pidgin IM.

I'm having a weird experience right now.

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Personally I think the installer should ask what de/wm you want and at the very least give you a choice of gnome/kde/xfce/lxde/openbox/fluxbox, and the choice of whether you want to add contrib non-free to your sources.list and if your on stable ask if you also want backports.org repo.
True. As for Debian Installer, I also want a SCIM function since I often have to type different writings that are non-Roman Alphabets (including all the respected fonts).
 
Old 08-20-2009, 03:57 AM   #5
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It's not a minimal GNOME (there are other GNOME installations that are more minimalists than that) but on the other hand it is not as fully-bundled as other distros have it by default. There are always advantages and disadvantages when comparing minimalist installations to more defaultly-bundled ones, but I personally think it's a waste of time to try and find the distro which comes with the "perfect" defaults that you want - because you will never find that perfection anyways and so, sooner or later, you will have to install some packages and change some defaults.

If you want pidgin - install the pidgin package by running the following command (you need to be root for this):
apt-get install pidgin

If you want KDE - the command is very similar:
apt-get install kde

KDE will become the default when you install it.
 
  


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