Friday, July 04, 2008

Minimal Debian Etch install with X and open-vm-tools


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After installing the base system, do the following.

For main Debian repository
hostname:/# nano -w /etc/apt/sources.list

#more entries from here of course from /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
deb http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main contrib non-free
Hongkong is best for my case too:
#more entries from here of course from /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ftp.hk.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.hk.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
deb http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main contrib non-free
Notice that we added backports URL in sources.list. That's where open-vm-tools are currently hosted.

Continue with installing the rest of the software:
:/# wget -O - http://backports.org/debian/archive.key | apt-key add -
:/# apt-get update
:/# apt-get install less
 Depending on your Debian version, do install xorg related packages.
Debian Sarge 3.1Debian Etch
apt-get install x-window-system-core apt-get install xorg
Note: Based from this url , the above package is for compatibility only from Debian 3.x. Etch should instead use xorg package.
hostname:/# apt-get install gnome-core
hostname:/# apt-get install gdm msttcorefonts gdm-themes
hostname:/# reboot
After reboot, you should now be in graphical mode. Next step is to open-vm-tools.
:#/ apt-get install open-vm-source
:#/ module-assistant prepare open-vm
:#/ module-assistant auto-install open-vm
:#/ apt-get install open-vm-tools
:#/ reboot
 Install additional applications, like:
:/# apt-get install synaptic
:/# apt-get install firefox
:/# apt-get install gnome-themes
:/# apt-get install gnome-art

~ts~

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