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Old 04-27-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question Debian - install KDE instead of Gnome


Could someone point me in the right direction on how to install KDE instead of Gnome by default.

I found this on a website and it did not work:

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KDE fans should know that you can install KDE instead of GNOME by adding the boot parameter: tasks="standard, kde-desktop".
 
Old 04-27-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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First, just for the record, we assume you are using Etch, and not some old installation disk that you found.

When you get to the point in the installation where it offers to install "tasks," including the "desktop" task ... deselect the desktop task and only install "standard system" (and "laptop" if that's appropriate).

When the "standard system" is done, the reboot will take you to a login prompt. Login as root, then:

# aptitude install xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg xorg kde-core kdm

That's the right way ...

If you don't know the difference, you could just type:

# aptitude install xorg kde kdm

FWIW, the instructions you got from the website will probably also work if you do it right.

Also you might want to read my installation howto for Debian newbies.

Last edited by rickh; 04-27-2007 at 03:53 PM.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 03:40 PM   #3
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I'm assuming you have already installed debian.

Start by installing KDE,

Code:
apt-get install kde
Then restart the x server, by pressing "Ctrl + Alt + Backspace" You will be presented with the GDM Login Screen. Click the session button, and then click KDE. This will change the session and load KDE. You can also set it as the default.

Edit: Actually, do what rickh said, he probably knows better.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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Etch it is and thank you, that's what I was looking for.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 03:50 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mithrilhall
Could someone point me in the right direction on how to install KDE instead of Gnome by default.

I found this on a website and it did not work:
Just last night I did a Debian 4.0 (Etch) install on my Dad's new computer. I pressed some of the function keys at the boot prompt until I found the following example line:

install tasks=”kde-desktop, standard”

It worked like a charm! It installed KDE without a hitch, and did not install GNOME. It even installed Grub with a working menu entry for Windows Vista. (Before booting up the Debian installer, I shrunk the Windows Vista partition using Vista's own disk management utility. I don't know if that made a difference.)
 
Old 04-27-2007, 05:24 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Mithrilhall
Could someone point me in the right direction on how to install KDE instead of Gnome by default.

I found this on a website and it did not work:
when installing Debian, just use the first CD and do a base level install. no desktop, no server, no nothing, just basic OS and nothing else.

from there use apt-get to install everything else you need.

http://www.ssma.us/debian_media.html

it is a bit out of date as it uses X11 instead of Xorg, but the basics are there and the sources.list i think is close enough to up to date that it should not take long to adjust if it is a bit out of date.

good luck and enjoy.
 
Old 04-28-2007, 02:06 AM   #7
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You could just download the KDE CD 1 for Debian Etch ...

http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...6-kde-CD-1.iso
 
  


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