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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Getting a GUI

After installing Debian, often one is left with just a command line prompt waiting for the user to enter login and password. If you are coming from Microsoft Windows environment, this command line prompt looks similar to the DOS prompt. This article explains how to get a GUI environment after installing basic Debian.

Since I have experience only with KDE, I will try to focus just on installing KDE.

In order to get a working GUI as quickly as possible, run the following two commands as root.

apt-get update
apt-get install xorg kde kdm

This will fetch all the required packages necessary to run KDE.

During the installation of the packages, there will be some questions regarding configuring X environment etc., Once you finish answering all the questions, you will get a working KDE environment.

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