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Old 08-20-2005, 09:33 AM   #1
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Debian, KDE

Iīm ALL new to linux and yesterday was my first frustrating day with it. Thatīs why I decided to go get some help from people who actually know how it works =D

I have downloaded Debian 3.1 binary-1 and I recently just installed this. The guide left me at a prompt to login. So I did, and now Iīm sitting in root, with absolutely no idea whatsoever of how I will do to install the KDE... can someone point me the direction of where I can find information of this? Or even better, write som easy steps? I learnt some apt-get too, so I believe I have installed kdebase and kdemultimedia. But when I run startkde it tells me it can't connect to server X. I don't like server X. Please, someone, help!

Old 08-20-2005, 09:56 AM   #2
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You can't connect to server X because obviously X is not installed. You need to apt-get
xserver-xfree86, xserver-common, x-utils, x-window-system-core, x-fonts should be nice, too.
I advise you run apttitude, that will give you an option to install all x-related packages.

Once all this is done, you have to run the command 'startx' to get in to a Graphical user interface.
To set X right (optimum resolution and mouse parameters perhaps) you'll have to run

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Hope it helps

Old 08-20-2005, 10:14 AM   #3
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Thx for your reply!
I had no idea X was.. something, I just thought it was searching for an undefined server or something... anyway, I had a go with aptitude but when I browsed to uninstalled packages - x11 --- main and marked that for installation, aptitude told me that 3 gb was to be installed. Surely.. 3gb canīt be right? And when I install this .. "X", will I be able to run KDE after that?

Old 08-20-2005, 11:42 AM   #4
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First, Aptitude installs by default all dependent packages and all RECOMMENDED packages when installing a package. I don't like that at all, and that's probably why it wants to install 3GB of applications.

So, run aptitude, go to 'Options -> Dependency handling' and turn off "Install Recommended packages automatically'. Then exit aptitude.

On the commandline type:
aptitude install x-window-system kde
This will install the x-window-system and kde. If all goes well you can now run kde using 'startx' or by rebooting.

Good luck.


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