The Perfect Desktop - Debian Etch (Debian 4.0) - Page 6

9 Update The System Again

Now it's a good time again to check for updates. To do this, we open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).

In the terminal, we run


to become root. Afterwards, we run the following two commands:

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade

Afterwards, the system should be up-to-date.


10 Flash Player

To see if the Flash plugin (which we installed with Automatix before) is working, start Iceweasel (Firefox). Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Iceweasel will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 9.0r31 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:

You can now open a web site of which you know that it uses Flash. For example, has video news in Flash. You should be able to see (and hear) the Flash movies:

Another web site that uses Flash movies is YouTube, for example.


11 Inventory (III)

Browse the Applications menu again and check what you've got installed so far. Your list should look like this now:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Iceweasel (Firefox)
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Icedove (Thunderbird)
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[x] Azureus
[x] Gaim
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

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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.