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Old 09-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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Debian testing? no desktop?

I installed debian testing but it didn't come with a desktop? I have no internet support.

The site is hard as hell to use.. hard to find anything... where do i find the Debian testing with the gnome desktop?
Old 09-17-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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Select Desktop System when you go through the install next time? It gave you the choice..

Or plug yourself in wired and apt-get install gdm

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#tasksel and select[*]Desktop Environment
Old 09-18-2010, 03:55 PM   #4
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I don't know what options you choose but the next time you install - and you'll fine it easier to do so - go with the default options. I've never had a problem doing so. Go slow and take the options offered. Other wise you'll have to do some things that might leave your scratching you head. So start from scratch and say yes to the default options.

Why reinstall? Well, first of all, it doesn't take that long to do so. And second... Well, there is no second. Just do it. You'll like it, your mother will like it and your children will like it. Plus it's easier. Go with the default options.

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I installed debian testing but it didn't come with a desktop? I have no internet support.
Did you tried startx?

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if you want debian testing on liveusb thats installable see here

put the iso on usb with dd or with unetbootin
if usb already has recent version of syslinux installed
just extract iso somewhere, rename isolinux folder to syslinux
rename isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg
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At the command line as root run:

# aptitude install xorg gnome

Make sure you have a wired Internet connection (DHCP is easiest). That command will pull down the gnome desktop and all the needed xorg libraries. You don't need to re-install. It sounds like you just selected a base system when you first installed.
Old 09-19-2010, 08:31 PM   #8
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I had the same thing happen and I chose to install a desktop environment. As stated above, if you plug directly in via ethernet you can get an internet connection and type:

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install gnome
If you only have wireless access then you'll have to manually configure your wifi card. You'll have to edit /etc/network/interfaces

My wifi card is set to be my main NIC so it was called eth1. I edited my /etc/network/interfaces file to have this in it:
# The primary network interface
allow-hotplug eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp
	# wireless-* options are implemented by the wireless-tools package
	wireless-essid MY_ROUTER_NAME
Then you have to activate the wifi card by typing:
ifup -a
Hope that gives you some insight or the solution. If you need more info on connecting to wifi when you only have the command line to deal with, do a search for: connect to wifi linux terminal. It turned up a few good answers.

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