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post #1 of 14
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So I've installed Debian 6 on several computers... And I've found that there is very little software included. Also on the "not included" list is Add/Remove Software and Synaptic...

The only thing in System > Administration is "Login Screen." That's it. No Synaptic, no Add/Remove Users - nothing.

Also, I tried apt-get synaptic, but all it says is, "The package isn't there, but it's referred to by another name" or something like that, and google provided no solutions to my situation...

So what do I need to do to make my system functional?

Thanks in advance...
post #2 of 14
You had the same problems I had. Are you using 64-bit?

Try this:

http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/

And paste it into /etc/apt/sources.list then run apt-get update. It should let you install packages.

The 64 bit version doesn't configure repositories properly for some reason.
    
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I've tried both the 32- and 64-bit versions. Same story on both. Your link worked; thanks.

Also, is there a default set of packages that should have been in the System > Administration menu that can easily be installed? With every other Linux OS, there's a default set of applications in there like Network and some various hardware setups, but for some reason, Debian 6 skimped on it.
post #4 of 14
Yes.

By default all you get is barebones gnome. Its actually the same thing you get when you do pacman -S gnome in Arch.


If you want the full version I believe its the gnome meta package. apt-get install gnome should do it for you.
    
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Yup, people don't realize how bare Debian likes to make it's installs. They give you great room for customization!
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post
Yup, people don't realize how bare Debian likes to make it's installs. They give you great room for customization!
The thing is, though, that Debian 5 came with those basic packages. I was a bit surprised to find a blank slate when I finished the Debian 6 install.

Thanks, guys.
post #7 of 14
Correct me if I 'm wrong, but I don't think you get the barebones Gnome install unless you use CD #1 without an internet connection.

As a test, I did three different Debian Squeeze installs in VMware Player: CD #1 w/internet, CD #1 w/o internet, and DVD #1 w/o internet. Of the three, only CD #1 w/o internet created a barebones Gnome install. The other two installed the complete suite of software.

Of course I had to edit the sources.list file to get apt to work on the installs w/o internet. Thanks for the link, nathris.

So, I suppose that if you're going to install on several machines, then the DVD install is best (to avoid excess downloading of the same packages). For a single machine, the small net install image worked fine on my home server.


Note: I'm quite new to Linux. I used Ubuntu 10.10 at college for a C++ course. All editing was done using vi and other CLI tools. I'm now playing around with Debian Squeeze. If all goes well, I plan to replace WHS v1 on my home server with Debian.
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That might explain it; my Debian 5 disk is a DVD, so that might be why it came with everything.
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Don't forget to start using apt-build! Add source repos though.
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post #10 of 14
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What does apt-build do? A quick google search makes it look like some sort of an apt-get replacement?
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