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I installed Debian on my old computer for fun, and now all it boots to is the terminal. Which is fun, but it's a lot more advanced than the fun I was looking for. How do I get to the desktop? How do I know if I even installed one?
I am in ubuntu, but if you installed a desktop version of linux, you should type in the terminal
x, which should take to the xgraphic version you are used to and being able of finding your desktop
what is the output of the following code:
OK, I'm thinking I installed the wrong version (Debian 6.0.1a M-A 1). Here is the terminal output for everything you suggested:
-bash: x: command not found
-bash: startx: command not found
julia@julia-debian:~$ uname -a
Linux julia-debian 2.6.32-5-686 #1 SMP Tue Mar 8 21:36:00 UTC 2011 i686 GUN/Linux
julia@julia-debian:~$ dpkg -1 "gnome-desktop-environment"
Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages[*];
Use `dselect' or `aptitude' for user-friendly package management;
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files;
Options marked[*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through `less' or `more' !
usage: more [-dflpcsu] [+linenum | +/pattern] name1 name2 ...
Running Aptitude gives me this for the X Window system, which I'm guessing is what I should be looking for? The only file is the X Keyboard Extension.
--\ Installed Packages (162)
--\ x11 - The X window system and related software (1)
--\ main - The main Debian archive (1)
i A xkb-data
So I guess I'll go and look for a different version and then try this again. Thanks for all your help!
If you are give commands by members of this forum, please have a close look that you type it correctly (if you don't have the chance to copy & paste). The command x you typed should be an uppercase X, and it is not dpkg -1 gnome-desktop-environment, but dpkg -l gnome-desktop-environment.
According to your outputs it seems to me that you have only made a base-installation. You can install the desktop environment with
apt-get install xorg gnome-desktop-environment
I can't find any Debian installation medium with the name Debian 6.0.1a M-A 1, so I have to ask again, which installation medium have you downloaded (name of the .iso-file) and where did you get it?
Sorry, I'm not a debian maven, but isn't the easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy way to sort this out to use tasksel (logged in as root) to add the desktop environment?
(this assumes that all that was wrong was that you overlooked installing a desktop)
You can use that also, but I fail to see why this would be easier.
And yes, I also have not seen the missing network setup. When I see this, and also see that you only have a base install I assume that you have used some kind of netinstall-CD. As the name states, it installs a complete desktop-system only whith a working internet connection. Otherwise you will only get the base system you have now.
Of course from the Debian website. If you have problems to setup your network I would recommend to download the first DVD, it contains all the programs you need to setup your network with graphical tools.