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Old 02-19-2005, 06:38 PM   #1
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X server and desktop environment's packages on Sarge

Hi all,

I just got sarge installed from the minimal CD. I also configured apt-get.
I would like to install X with a desktop environment. Which packages should I install then.
Any suggestions for a very light desktop environment as I have a very old computer?

Thanks in advance
Old 02-19-2005, 06:50 PM   #2
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Have a look at macondos post install sticky. I think icewm or fluxbox are good light wm's.
Old 02-21-2005, 11:54 AM   #3
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Just yesterday I did this for my 2nd comp:

apt-get install x-window-system
apt-get install xfce4

Old 02-22-2005, 02:51 AM   #4
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Good choice.

XFCE is a very good piece of software, and looks damn cool too. It should be light enough to run on your machine lixy.
Old 02-22-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot guys
Old 02-22-2005, 11:15 PM   #6
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Or alternatively, lixy, you can try fvwm.

Step 1.
Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list as root in an editor of your choice i.e. cmdline ones e.g. nano or gui ones e.g. gedit >

# fvwm unstable packages
deb unstable main
# deb-src unstable main

You can enable (i.e. uncomment the deb-src remove the #) deb-src if you want to rebuild the fvwm stuff from source

Step 2.

as root, run the following command:

apt-get update && apt-get install fvwm-unstable-core fvwm-unstable-perllib fvwm-unstable-utils fvwm-unstable-module-animate fvwm-unstable-module-auto fvwm-unstable-module-backer fvwm-unstable-module-banner fvwm-unstable-module-buttons fvwm-unstable-module-command fvwm-unstable-module-console fvwm-unstable-module-cpp fvwm-unstable-module-debug fvwm-unstable-module-dragwell fvwm-unstable-module-event fvwm-unstable-module-form fvwm-unstable-module-gtk fvwm-unstable-module-iconbox fvwm-unstable-module-iconman fvwm-unstable-module-ident fvwm-unstable-module-m4 fvwm-unstable-module-pager fvwm-unstable-module-perl fvwm-unstable-module-proxy fvwm-unstable-module-rearrange fvwm-unstable-module-save fvwm-unstable-module-savedesk fvwm-unstable-module-script fvwm-unstable-module-scroll fvwm-unstable-module-taskbar fvwm-unstable-module-theme fvwm-unstable-module-wharf fvwm-unstable-module-windowmenu fvwm-unstable-module-winlist


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