The downloads page indicates that this image includes LXDE, but I'm having trouble enabling it.

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    Most people that use lightweight systems have go script. They just run it when their computer boots up or logs in, and it starts all the GUI and other services. Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 16:05

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When you've logged in, just type startx on the terminal, then it should fire right up.


To have the GUI run automatically when you boot your Pi, you'll need to install something like GDM (sudo apt-get install gdm - this is next on my list, probably this evening). Then to get to a text-only terminal, press <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<F1> through <F6>; and <Alt>-<F7> to return to X.



You will need to install aptitude and tasksel before install gnome

Aptitude is an Ncurses based FrontEnd to Apt, the debian package manager.

Tasksel is a tool that installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated “task” onto your system.

# apt-get install aptitude tasksel

Install gnome on debian

# tasksel install gnome-desktop --new-install


minimum set of elements

# apt-get install lxde-core

complete set of elements

# apt-get install lxde

complete Debian LXDE desktop environment

# apt-get install task-lxde-desktop

You can choose more GUI from http://namhuy.net/1085/install-gui-on-debian-7-wheezy.html

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