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    • namhuy

      Which one are you trying to install? Some will auto load without startx command, some after you login at the terminal, you have to type in “startx” to load the GUI.

  1. mark

    Spent three days trying to get debian installed with KDE GUI and nothing works. Boots to console.

    • namhuy

      you need to run startx to start gui

      If you want to start kde automatically, edit /etc/inittab file

      Change

      to

    • namhuy

      Which debian version are you using? I tested with debian wheezy 7.5, KDE starts automatically

    • namhuy

      Same here, I just put a note on Cinnamon section. I will update when I found another working way to install Cinnamon. If you found a way, please feel free to share with me.

      • Marco

        Same for me. It says

        The following information may help to resolve the situation:

        The following packages have unmet dependencies:
        dpkg : Breaks: libapache2-mod-php5 (< 5.6.4+dfsg-3~) but 5.5.21-1~dotdeb.1 is to be installed
        E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.

        I need PHP 5.5 for development, targeting 5.5 only, 5.6 is not an option for me. Why do packages depend to the latest PHP version available at build time and not to the common used ones? For what does Cinnamon (or even meld which I had the same problem) depend on PHP??

  2. jim

    When trying the 3 LXDE options, startx only starts the GUI when installing the last option (with tons of stuff not needed for a webserver). Why does startx not start the GUI with the first 2 options?

    • namhuy

      It’s been a while, but if i remember correctly, after a reboot, debian should boot into LXDE automatically.

      If a reboot wont help, try to check your runLevel in /etc/inittab make sure your system boot to x11 which is should be id:5:initdefault:

      • jim

        This seemed to start the minimal desktop using LXDE…

        sudo apt-get install xorg

        apt-get install lxde-core

        startx

  3. Alicia

    Hi, thanks for the information. I seem to get an error when installing TDE. After following all of your instruction, I get to a halt with the last command “sudo apt-get install desktop-base-trinity kde-trinity.” The result reads:

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: desktop-base-trinity package cannot be found
    E: kde-trinity package cannot be found

    Can you give me any advice on how to fix this? Thanks.

    • Alicia

      I think I’m asking you the wrong questions. Scratch what I’ve written above.
      I’ve added the mirrors to my source list and typed the command ” apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.quickbuild.pearsoncomputing. net –recv-keys 2B8638D0″
      This is what I get at the end:

      W: GPG error: http://ppa.quickbuild.pearsoncomputing.net wheezy Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 96C95152F5CFC95C
      W: GPG error: http://ppa.quickbuild.pearsoncomputing.net wheezy Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 96C95152F5CFC95C

      How can I solve this problem?
      Thanks!

  4. Barry

    Gnome 3 is ‘user-friendly’ while MATE is ‘unintuitive and unattractive’? They look pretty much the same, and guh-nome 3 is so locked down that you can barely do anything.

    Also, the installer these days has an ‘advanced’ menu entry that lets you select a few different desktops (including KDE and XFCE), so you don’t have to worry about getting config files right to ensure your X session starts.

  5. John

    hi. i installed gnome but everytime i reboot im still in terminal command and asking for logins.. what can i do?

    • namhuy

      Did you get any error? otherwise try

      let and me know if it work for you.

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