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I just download and install the latest Debian (6.0.3), everything was OK, but when I checked the the bundled software from the Gnome menu, there are only a web browser, email client, text editor and a few other tools, where are the other applications (OpenOffice, GIMP... etc)?

What's more, there are only one entry at the Adminstration menu - Login Screen. The Software Center is nowhere to be found When I tried to install package from the terminal, it gives me a "package has no installation candidate" error. Why is my Debian lack of so many things?
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I just download and install the latest Debian (6.0.3), everything was OK, but when I checked the the bundled software from the Gnome menu, there are only a web browser, email client, text editor and a few other tools, where are the other applications (OpenOffice, GIMP... etc)?

What's more, there are only one entry at the Adminstration menu - Login Screen. The Software Center is nowhere to be found When I tried to install package from the terminal, it gives me a "package has no installation candidate" error. Why is my Debian lack of so many things?
That's kind of Debian's thing. It's not buntu or mint. It's about being minimal by default (unless you grab the multi CDs/DVDs).

As for the problems with getting packages through terminal you might want to try and figure out how to disable the CD from repo list as for some reason Debian doesn't want to just ignore the fact you don't have it in the computer. I tried and couldn't seem to make Debian happy. Every restart brought it back to complaining about the CD missing even though it was disabled from the repo/sources lists.

So in short if you want all those extra packages installed already grab a buntu or mint.
     
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sounds like when you installed it, you chose the graphical desktop environment, but unchecked the standard system utilities.

you will need update your sources.list

Code:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
then go here,

http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/

generate a new list, and paste the contents into that file and save. then go back to terminal:

Code:
su
apt-get update
then install the missing applications that you are wanting installed.
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That's kind of Debian's thing. It's not buntu or mint. It's about being minimal by default (unless you grab the multi CDs/DVDs).

As for the problems with getting packages through terminal you might want to try and figure out how to disable the CD from repo list as for some reason Debian doesn't want to just ignore the fact you don't have it in the computer. I tried and couldn't seem to make Debian happy. Every restart brought it back to complaining about the CD missing even though it was disabled from the repo/sources lists.

So in short if you want all those extra packages installed already grab a buntu or mint.
I am not complaining about how Debian has less software compared to the other distro. The problem is my Debian is missing a lot of software that is availaible to the others (at least on some review site.)

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sounds like when you installed it, you chose the graphical desktop environment, but unchecked the standard system utilities.

you will need update your sources.list

Code:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
then go here,

http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/

generate a new list, and paste the contents into that file and save. then go back to terminal:

Code:
su
apt-get update
then install the missing applications that you are wanting installed.
I remember I did checked the standard system utilities when I install Debian, anyway, the update seems to fail everytime I try it, it shows the following error
Code:
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?
install software command also gives me the same error too

I think I should just format and perform another clean install of Debian if problem still persist
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do you have like synaptic or upate-manager, anything that deals with packages open?
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do you have like synaptic or upate-manager, anything that deals with packages open?
I just restart my system and the error is gone I saw a few error during the startup though

Well I just install the synaptic package manager after I reboot since there are no package install availaible on my system. I guess my problem is solved now since now I can download and install package normally

+Rep BTW
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yeah you might have a few boot up errors, you can always check the logs or dmesg to find out what they were, they might be critical, or they might just be missing firmware errors (debian i don't think believes in including any firmware a base install.)

yeah something was open that was locking the pkg database, or the lock was engaged, but was never unlocked when the program was closed (it sometimes happens.).
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debian does that cd repo thing when you install it and have no internet connection during install... generally a problem with a computer running off wireless or something of that nature

also, if you want more software just run debian testing rather than debian stable debian testing has quite a lot more packages that stable might not get for a long while for what ever small or stupid reason

if you wish to run debian as a desktop system... definitely need to run testing or unstable rather than stable, cause debians meaning for the word "unstable" is what most the other distro maintainers call a final release
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debian does that cd repo thing when you install it and have no internet connection during install... generally a problem with a computer running off wireless or something of that nature

also, if you want more software just run debian testing rather than debian stable debian testing has quite a lot more packages that stable might not get for a long while for what ever small or stupid reason

if you wish to run debian as a desktop system... definitely need to run testing or unstable rather than stable, cause debians meaning for the word "unstable" is what most the other distro maintainers call a final release
I think I should try unstable version in the future, the word "unstable" does make me kinda nervous to try it though , but good to know that even the unstable version stability is on par with the other distro
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