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Old 12-06-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Install fresh lenny then remove gnome??


Whats the best way to install a fresh install of Lenny then remove gnome completely from it.?I want to install KDE and dont want to 2 desktop managers on it.Best to install Lenny then install KDE then remove Gnome and GDM?Go into synaptic and into Gnome tab and unmark everything and remove?Or is there a command for command line that I can use to remove gnome?
 
Old 12-06-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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It used to be your install CD would boot, and you'd get a prompt that says "Press Enter to Continue." At this prompt you could punch in some commands to modify the install before hitting enter. One of these commands changes the default desktop from GNOME to KDE. Debian-Installer is slightly different now though, Some of the things you used to have to enter commands for are now on a menu (like installgui or expertgui). The prompt for command entry is certainly still there, you just might have to look for it in the menu first though.

Anyhow, the parameter you want is desktop=kde. Find the prompt, punch that in, and proceed with your install. If you choose the "desktop" install task, KDE will be installed in GNOME's place. You can also use desktop=xfce if you're so inclined.

http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/...stall-software <-- d-i manual section with the answer
http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/...6/ch05s02.html <-- d-i manual boot parameters page (links to answer)

edit: another way would be to just deselect the Desktop installation task. When the install is done and you reboot into a command prompt, you can run "aptitude install kde kdm" or go into Aptitude's ncurses interface and install KDE with a lot more control to omit the stuff you don't want.

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Old 12-06-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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edit: another way would be to just deselect the Desktop installation task. When the install is done and you reboot into a command prompt, you can run "aptitude install kde kdm" or go into Aptitude's ncurses interface and install KDE with a lot more control to omit the stuff you don't want.
This is the right way. But, to make it perfect, after the reboot, type...

# aptitude install xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg xorg kde-core kdm
 
Old 12-08-2008, 01:10 PM   #4
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Ok..got it..I reinstalled and just unchecked desktop..And I just used "aptitude install kde" and it installed everything ..rebooted and it started up kde..
 
Old 12-12-2008, 05:19 AM   #5
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I usually un-check everything in dselect during installation except for standard system (and laptop for my laptop). Then after reboot I only install what I need with these commands:
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#apt-get install x-window-system
#apt-get install alsa alsa-utils
#apt-get install kde-core synaptic iceweasel icedove kdm usbmount
#/etc/init.d/kdm start
Then install other stuff on an "as needed basis".
Of course, if you prefer aptitude, use it instead of apt-get. I once used aptitude with these commands and it installed Gnome also.

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 12-12-2008 at 05:26 AM. Reason: Added last sentence
 
Old 12-14-2008, 05:09 AM   #6
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or do it the easy way use:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/we...6-kde-CD-1.iso
 
Old 12-15-2008, 01:38 AM   #7
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I was away from home once and only had a hot spot wireless connection, I tried that CD, it was near two years ago, can't remember what it was that was missing on the CD's that prevented me from getting it online.
Had to do the DVD1 thing only.
 
  


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