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Re: No X configuration offered during install of Woody (30r1)

On Mon, 20 Oct 2003 at 21:08 GMT, Andreas Janssen penned:
> Andrew Borland (<linuxgate@hippofarms.freeserve.co.uk>) wrote:
>> 1) Can anybody suggest any obvious reasons why I was not offered any
>> of the X setup screens during the original installation?
> By default, Debian will not install XFree. You can however select it
> at the end of the installation via dselect or tasksel.
>> Following advice read elsewhere on this list, I attempted:
>> dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
>> but this complained about X not being fully installed - not that I'd
>> seen any message to this effect during base installation.  I'd have
>> expected a fairly prominent warning about something as fundamental as
>> X not installing.
> It is default behaviour to not attemp to install XFree, so of course
> you did not get any warnings.

This is one of the things I love about debian -- it doesn't make any
assumptions about what you want on your machine.  It installs the very
basics necessary to run the OS and update your packages, and then you
can choose what to add to your setup.

For a lot of machines, X is not at all fundamental =)

I'll readily admit, though, that installing debian from scratch is not
my favorite activity.  It can be quite confusing to a new user, and even
after having installed debian on several systems, it takes me a while to
get the hang of it again.  The good news, though, is that once you've
found your way through the initial install, you never have to see it
again, because it's so *easy* to upgrade.

Unless you need to share ultra-sensitive super-spy stuff with me, please
don't email me directly.  I will most likely see your post before I read
your mail, anyway.

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