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I installed Debian with option#1- Install - instead of Graphical Install, and I ended up with a login prompt instead of the Debian GUI. The following is how I got my installation running GUI mode.

1) login as root, configure IP address at /etc/network/interfaces...and DNS at /etc/resolv.conf ensure internet access. Refer to Debian-6 installation notes#1.

2) install debian GUI with a single command:
command: aptitude install gnome-session gnome-themes gnome-terminal xserver-xorg-core gdm3 gnome-control-center gnome-applets gnome-screensaver file-roller gnome-icon-theme hicolor-icon-theme dmz-cursor-theme libgtk2.0-bin linux-sound-base

reboot and the the login appears.

Enjoy!!

Other stuffs that should be installed are:

  • apt-get install gnome-media
  • apt-get install network-manager
  • apt-get install synaptic
  • apt-get install openssh-server
  • apt-get install debian-keyring

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