Debian :: Running KDE 4.x From Squeeze - Manual Install
Apr 21, 2011
I have recently installed Debian Squeeze on my main machine at home. I used the default installation options, which meant gnome was installed as the display manager/GUI. Once I got the system up and running, I have attempted to install the latest KDE display manager/GUI. I executed the following commands:
$sudo apt-get install kde4
and then responded as required when asked if I really wanted to get and install the huge list of programs this involved.
When booting up in runlevel 3, I would log in, and then execute the following command:
$ sudo kdm
the screen would go blank and I would eventually get a KDE error message saying:
"Cannot open theme file @@@ToBeReplacedByDesktopBase@@@"
I would then be given only the option to press OK, which would dump me back out to the command line. I can get the GUI to start by executing "Startx", which doesn't require sudo to run I might add. The problem is that this command starts gnome. I would like to start X from the command line, but be given a choice of either GNOME or KDE.
Question 1: How do I fix the issue which generates the error message detailed above?
Question 2: How do I set up X to ask me which display manager I would like to use? and
Question 3: Am I correct in assuming that KDM shouldn't require sudo to run? If so, how do I adjust the situation so that it is correctly configured to run like gnome (without requiring root access to run)?
I want to get a running Squeeze onto a bootable USB-stick to test it, to make desirable adaptions and adoptions and only when I feel, that everything is okay, install that over my existing Deb-installation.
The DVD however offers only an "install" over an existing Linux-system, destroying that. Really hours and hours of Google aso. brought no solution to a - in my opinion - simple task.
I want to transfer the content of the DVD onto the USB-stick, make that stick bootable and THEN enable me to act like the system on the stick were my real OS, including of course making changes to the configurations. Only when I'm satisfied with the result, I then want to overwrite my existing system.
For many years I used KDE and loved it. After Ubuntu appeared and got popular I decided to give Gnome a try as I figured that it must be OK if they used it in Ubuntu (and selected as the default desktop in Debian). I missed out on all the wailing and gnashing that accompanied the release of early versions of KDE 4. I've been using Gnome ever since and I have a really nice setup on squeeze - Chrome for browsing, Geany for development, Gnote for notes, Evolution for offline Gmail and Google calendars.
In fact, it's probably because Gnome is working so well for me right now that the geek in me fancies having a bit of a tinker with KDE. I keep reading that version 4 has now matured enough for production use. The only thing that puts me off is the sheer number of packages I need to install. I'm going to end up with a right mess in my menus etc, but still it might be worth it. What do you reckon - should I just stick with my nice Gnome desktop or should I dip my toe back into KDE? (or go for l33t status and install Xfce) I've got a thinkpad T400 with integrated intel graphics.
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running Debian Squeeze (standard 32bit squeeze Kernels linux-image-2.6.32-5-486 and linux-image-2.6.32-5-686) happily without trouble on a 64bit capable Samsung laptop featuring an Intel T3200 Dualcore processor. However, when I try to boot using the squeeze 64bit kernel (linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64) the system proceeds through a few text lines immediately after Grub, and then performs a warm start.
The text output I get immediately after Grub look similar to the ones I get booting the 486 and 686 kernels, without any indication for the reboot behavior. The rebooting also seems to happen before any entry is written into the boot/system log files (logging is enabled). This behavior also occured when I first tried to prime the machine from the Debian squeeze install CD using the amd64 kernel. I'm generally happy with the 32bit kernels, but I'd like to use the amd64 support to do some Java compatibility testing for 64bit architectures.
The Laptop is a Samsung R510-Aura T3200 Delfina with the following Hardware and Setup (using Grub as boot loader):
- Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3200 @ 2.00GHz (see http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37160 for details) - NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS - 3GB RAM + 1GB reserved for GeForce - Konfiguration Details: -- Phoenix Bios
Maybe a strange BIOS-Setting that works with the 32bit kernels but not with the 64bit kernel? I've seen a post on here that indicates someone is running the amd64 kernel on a T3200 successfully, and the chip is definitely 64bit capable, so the reboot behavior is a complete mystery for me
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A Linux user for about 10 years, distro hopping for half of them. Finally found peace with PCLinuxOS (great distro), and MintLinux. When Mint went over to Debian, I thought why not try the original, so here I am.Booted the dvd, checked everything was working well (excellently, actually), and started the install over an existing PCLinuxOS system (dual booting with XP). First time installed while inside the gnome system, from the desktop icon, second and subsequent times from the welcome screen after boot (only text modes were available).In all cases, everything goes fine until I partition and install the packages. Partitioning is no secret to me, unless there is a "Debian way" of doing it: went through "guided partitioning," and chose the existing PCLinuxOS partitions, 37 Gb for /, ext3 (tried ext4 later with same results), and 2 Gb for swap, both on sda (sda1 and sda5). This is a full hard-disk, just for Linux. The other disk is for XP (sdb).
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