Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Debian 6 - no graphical interface

So, I tried twice to install Debian 6 on a VMWare Workstation 7 and at the end, there was no graphical interface installed, of course, using the net installer, not the whole 52 (WTF???) CDs. Nothing, just the good old command line prompt. So if I type:

apt-get autoremove

..it will practically remove a LOT of packages most of them related to gnome and X. So, what's missing?
If you type "startx" you'll notice there is no /usr/bin/X. So, to really have a graphical interface on your newly installed Debian 6 you should just:

apt-get install xorg

After that, X will start automatically..
But, it's not over yet, because if you enter:

apt-get autoremove

..again, you'll still be removing a LOT of packages including gnome ones. I'm actually at this point so I have to figure out what's missing..Anyway, everything seems to work..

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