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Old 10-28-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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kde, startx on debian

Hello :-)!

I installed Debian (I downloaded it on may 2009 so it is new version) from CD. I run it and see only text console. I try to type "kde" or "startx" but it doens't recognize those commands. That's difficult for me to believe that Linux from CD doesn't contain graphical interface so I guess it simply must be other command than what I typed. How to enter graphincal interface?

What I see at startup of console:
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 debian tty1
Linux debian 2.6.26-2-686 #1 SMP ...

And yes, I know that Ubuntu is easier in use.

By the way (this is minor question), after installing this Debian I decided that I am in a hurry and I run Mandriva LiveDVD. However, I cannot copy any files from pendrive to already existing partition with Debian. Is there any way to enable access from LiveDVD Mandriva to Debian ext3 partition? I don't want to delete Debian :-) and I cannot download any other distribution because my internet is terribly slow :-/ and I need to do something rather soon :-).

Greetings :-)!
Old 10-28-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LinuxQuestions,

Apparently you either installed from the NETINST CD the basic install of Debian and didn't choose to install the Desktop Environment when completing the install (final step). If you'd had done so then you'd have a graphical user interface. Right now you only have your console as it seems. You can install a complete X environment from the console but it will take some time over a slow connection to download all the packages you need.

I don't know all the commands exactly but you could start from here in my opinion.

What concerns your other question, if your running from a liveCD/DVD then of course you can write to your harddisk but you'll first have to mount it.

You'll just have to find out on which harddisk/partition you want to write using
fdisk -l
and then when booted in your liveCD/DVD create a directory and mount the partition on that directory:
mkdir /drive
mount /dev/sda1 /drive
if your partition is on sda1 of course.

Kind regards,

Old 10-28-2009, 12:17 PM   #3
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What iso did you download?
the netinstall or the full CD ?
Did you install Xwindows?
apt-get install xserver-xorg
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
apt-get install gdm gnome-core
Old 10-28-2009, 12:22 PM   #4
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You need to mount the Debian partition read/write.

When you installed Debian, did you select the "Desktop" task? It seems like you may have missed that step. You can rectify it with aptitude install xserver-xorg kde


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