The Perfect Desktop - Debian Etch (Debian 4.0) - Page 2

Now the base system is being installed:

Next you must configure apt. Because you are using the Debian Etch Netinstall CD which contains only a minimal set of packages, you must use a network mirror:

Select the country where the network mirror that you want to use is located (usually this is the country where your Debian Etch system is located):

Then select the mirror you want to use (e.g.

Unless you use an HTTP proxy, leave the following field empty and hit Continue:

Apt is now updating its packages database:

You can skip the package usage survey by selecting No:

On the Software selection screen, we select Desktop environment and Standard system (if you use a laptop, you can select Laptop in addition to that):

The required packages are being installed on the system:

Next you have to select the desktop resolutions you'd like to use (normally the resolutions that are supported by your graphic card are already selected, so you can simply hit Continue):

When you're asked Install the GRUB boot loader to the master boot record, select Yes:

The base system installation is now finished. Remove the Debian Etch Netinstall CD from the CD drive and hit Continue to reboot the system:

After the reboot your new Debian system starts. Log in to the desktop with the username and password you provided during the installation:

Now the base system is ready to be used.

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From: at: 2007-05-03 04:55:14

finally...a great walkthrough to get the Deb OS up and running..not being familiar with apt-get and options this proved invaluable in getting an system up and running.. ..thx again.

From: at: 2007-05-19 18:39:27

Do you really need 9 seperate media players, 2 mail clients, 3 cd-burning apps, 4 web browsers, and 4 bittorrent clients (including opera and gtorrent)? No.

From: admin at: 2007-05-20 09:16:14

This is just for demonstration purposes. Of course, you can install all the software, but you can also pick only the software that you need. The tutorial just shows how to install all software, but it's up to you which software you install.

From: at: 2007-05-20 19:42:22

I came to that conclusion. Kind of made me snicker though. It is a great write up, dont get me wrong! But it just seemed like it could have been summed up with "Install Debian then get Automatix."

From: at: 2007-08-13 11:03:00

Personally, I feel you should have added a third partition of /home. It's one of the good qualities of Linux that should not be left out for simplicity sake... It takes a little more work during the installation process but the end result is an easier to upgrade system.

No windows nor gates, yet complete freedom! 

From: at: 2007-11-21 11:47:57

I didn't know about automagix before reading your howto. It looks promising. Unfortunately I found out that this tutorial only works for i386, not amd64, since automagix2 is not supporting amd64 on debian etch (yet). Perhaps it's good to mention this in the howto.
I assume that it's not a good idea to point to the gutsy sources for automagix2 (which do support amd64), or do you think there is no harm in trying that, i.e. mixing distributions?

From: fonok at: 2008-10-14 12:24:16

Usefull things at boot prompt:

DO NOT press Enter !

say: install tasks="kde-desktop" - if you want KDE instead of Gnome

sometimes acpi makes problems (I had with netinstall CD on a 'barebone' type PC):

say: install acpi=off

From: fonok at: 2008-10-14 12:27:09

and of course:

say: install tasks="no-desktop"

if you do not want to have any desktop - e.g. server setup

From: at: 2008-01-20 00:41:27

I found this link helpful when Debian 4.0 r2 caused Automatix to quit.


From: at: 2007-05-02 18:05:45

It depends on what you DL. I downloaded a ISO of Debian 4, which also - by default - installs KDE. Just look for the filename that has 'KDE' in it. I prefer it over Gnome myself. - Kc

From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-24 19:21:16

The automatix2 program seems to have been abandoned, so at least pages 5 and 6 of this howto need to be reconstructed with other means of installing the software, since automatix is now gone.