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New install, no desktop

I just installed Debian 3.1 using the minimum CD and the net.
I selected desktop for installation, even though there was no option for gnome, kde, or etc. I also opted to not install grub, because I already had grub installed handling three other distributions and I didn't want the installer screwing that up.

Using this entry in /boot/grub/menu.lst (vmlinux and initrd linked to longer names):

title Debian
    kernel (hd0,6)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda7
    initrd (hd0,6)/boot/initrd.img

I get a debian boot and a terminal login, but no desktop, nor any clue as to what command would give me a desktop. startx is not recognized as a valid command.

Using this entry in /boot/grub/menu.lst(modeled on the example on

title  Debian
    kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk_size=12000
    initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd.img

I get a whole bunch of files not found and a kernel panic.

Do I actually have a desktop installed?  And how would I invoke it?


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