I have been trying to install Debian 8 on my machine using the netinst liveUSB.

Everything goes alright except the fact that when the installer asks me which packages I want to install in the Software Selection part. In that part there's only the "Standard System Utilities" option, instead of the usual "Graphical desktop environment" and some others. So, proceeding with this installation will only install the core of the system and no GUI.

Am I missing something here?

PS.: I'm using mirrors. Thank you.

  • This question is Debian specific, not UNIX or Linux...
    – Vinz
    Nov 4, 2015 at 17:47
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    I don't see anything wrong with this question. Just as @Rubatharisan said, there are plenty of questions here that deal with Debian. Where else do you suggest I post this?
    – TomCho
    Nov 4, 2015 at 18:05
  • I would suggest superuser.com or serverfault.com (if it is for professional usage).
    – Vinz
    Nov 4, 2015 at 18:20

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The netinst liveUSB does not include any GUI. As far as I know, you have two options: (1) install the current core system, and install a graphical user manager afterwards, or (2) install another version of debian which contains a GUI on the USB.

(1) - Install the core system and install a graphical environment - this could be: Gnome, KDE, Xfce or ay other. See more at https://wiki.debian.org/DesktopEnvironment

Those graphical environment have different focus areas, for example: xfce is lightweight, and you would install xfce on a machine that have low ram. KDE is fancy, you would install KDE if you need eyecandy. Gnome is just Gnome, simple and just straightforward - with an mix of everything.

(2) - Reinstall the usb with a debian.iso that contains a graphical environment.

Edit: There is nothing wrong with your question. I would ignore Vinz, some people have pleasure of hating.

Edit 2: To Vinz, go write a comment to these questions, and tell them that they are too Debian specific - now where you are at it: Debian stucks at formatting 33% How can I install only the basics in Debian? Debian "Graphical expert install" mode

Sorry Tom for me making the edits, it's because I can't comment yet.

  • I didn't know they excluded the GUI! Pardon my ignorance, but how can I tell if the .iso has a GUI included?
    – TomCho
    Nov 4, 2015 at 17:24
  • If you use 64 bit architecture, visit: cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current-live/amd64/iso-hybrid - and download the ones with gnome/kde/xfce as the end of the name: for example: debian-live-8.2.0-amd64-gnome-desktop.iso If you use 32 bit architecture, visit: cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current-live/i386/iso-hybrid and download one named: debian-live-8.2.0-i386-gnome-desktop.iso They are normally called this: debian-live-version-arch-desktopenviroment-type.iso (Sorry for my slow response) Nov 4, 2015 at 17:50
  • Thanks a lot. I had come across those files and yet I failed to conclude that since they had the desktops in their names they must include the desktop env! Pretty logical, though. I'm already download cinnamon version. And thanks for that last edit about the comment ;). Too bad I got a -1 anyway.
    – TomCho
    Nov 4, 2015 at 18:01
  • You are most welcome :) Hehe indeed it is logical, but I have been exactly where you are, and spent countless of hours of getting it right ;) (That was the time with no SSD's). Have fun with Debian, and I hope you'll enjoy it! :D Nov 4, 2015 at 18:03
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    There are plenty of distro-specific questions here. Nothing wrong with that; it's tagged correctly. Should the /debian tag be prohibited also then?
    – wurtel
    Nov 5, 2015 at 15:57

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