Debian Lenny Minimal Desktop
March 8, 2009 4 Comments
After you have read my post on minimal install of Debian, you may want something more than the command line, i.e. a minimal desktop. Although there are many, many minimal desktop environments (or simply window managers, etc.), I chose to go with Xfce. It is a good compromise between a desktop environment (DE) and minimal desktop. It is faster than Gnome or KDE and is still a DE. But what do you need to have it installed?
First off, you need an X server, and X.org is a very good (maybe only?) option. You also need a display manager. XDM, GDM, and KDM are three commonly used display managers. I chose XDM but it wasn’t very pretty to look at. Then I chose GDM over KDM because it required less packages, and it was pretty. Finally, I needed to install Xfce 4. All of this was installed with just one command:
sudo aptitude install xorg gdm xfce4
If you want to use minimal Gnome or KDE desktops, you can replace xfce4 with gnome-core and kde-core, like so:
sudo aptitude install xorg gdm gnome-core
If using KDE, you might want to try KDM instead of GDM.
sudo aptitude install xorg kdm kde-core