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Old 08-14-2004, 09:39 AM   #1
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Angry gui on debian 3.0?


Does debian install a gui desktop?if it does when you login does it take you there first? This Is Debian 3.0 8cds.
 
Old 08-14-2004, 10:32 AM   #2
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Yes Debian does have the option of using the GUI X server. You can install without it if you like. X server is the underlying component of the GUI. The "upper" component (the part you really see and click on) has many options. KDE and Gnome are the two bigger GUI's, with setups like fluxbox, windowmanager, and icewm being much smaller GUI's (faster, less features). The customization options are massive. Most of these options are available from the installation of Debian (and many other distros).

Yes, you can customize whether your computer loads to a text only interface, or straight to a graphical login. I would assume that the debian installer has that option. If not, /etc/inittab is the place to look for default boot level (graphical or not).

If Linux is new to you, the best way to experiment and learn is with live boot cds. You can boot to a cd, and load an entire Linux setup into memory, without touching your hard drive. Knoppix is an excellent boot cd with setting-the-pace automatic hardware detection. There are MANY projects based off the Knoppix core that work well and have specialized functions.

Many experienced Linux users recommend Mandrake or SuSE for a first hard drive install. Debian will not do as much for you in the way of automatic hardware detection. Its a great, but sometimes frustrating way to learn. http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/ftp.php3 is the place to go if you want to download Mandrake (try the "plan on registering soon" link).
 
Old 08-14-2004, 11:12 AM   #3
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Thanx Andguent,what command from login gets you to kde x window gnome etc, Thanxin advance,Also Have Been Looking @ Libranet What Do You Think?
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Old 08-14-2004, 12:27 PM   #4
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Thanx Andguent,what command from login gets you to kde x window gnome etc, Thanxin advance,Also Have Been Looking @ Libranet What Do You Think?
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startx but if you install a graphic environment manager like kdm, gdm, xdm or wdm then you will always boot graphically unless you disable the startup link. Libranet is basically Debian with some changes they make to the system and if you are thinking of going that route you may want to consider Xandros. BTW if you are on a high speed connection you may want to look at doing network install with the new Sarge installer it is much easier to use than the Woody one.
 
Old 08-14-2004, 12:32 PM   #5
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Yes, you can customize whether your computer loads to a text only interface, or straight to a graphical login. I would assume that the debian installer has that option. If not, /etc/inittab is the place to look for default boot level (graphical or not).

That is not how it works in Debian if you install a display manager you will always boot graphically in the runlevels 2-5 (they are identical) unless you remove the link to do so.
 
Old 08-14-2004, 05:50 PM   #6
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