Re: New User/No GUI
This is my first post, please tell me if I am in the wrong place
and possibly suggest where I need to be.
This is the place.
I am really interested in Debian and have read everything in the
install instructions. I have tried the auto install and the expert26
install. In the case of the autoinstall I received no choice for
gnome or kde.
There should have been a "Desktop" option in near the end of the install
which would have gotten these for you. But no worries . . . .
I did install all 15K+packages.
I think you may be mistaken here. Many of the packages would conflict
with each other (such as conflicting email server packages, etc), and it
would take up a LOT of space on your drive, and it would be rather
impractical to do so. I'm not sure what you've installed, but I'm pretty
confident it is not all 15K+ packages.
But you probably do have at least the basic install; that's good.
After I got to the command prompt I switched to su mode and did an
apt-get install gnome.
It went through the install process and brought me ultimatley back to
a command prompt.
Then I tried init 5 and that is where it ends. I get switching to
runlevel 5, and
sending process the term signal and it hangs right there.
Other distros use level 5 to start the GUI; Debian however has levels 2
through 5 which are identical. It is up to the sysadmin (you) to
customize the levels to your taste.
So by default, switching to level 5 would accomplish nothing for you.
(I'm not sure what would be causing the hanging.)
As part of the Gnome install, gdm (the Gnome login manager - GUIfied
login screen) was probably installed. You can start it manually with
"/etc/init.d/gdm start", or you can just reboot. From there, you should
be making progress. If for some reason gdm was not installed, "startx"
(as a normal user, not as root) should get you going.