I've usually been using Debian Squeeze, as I've never really had any reason to go after the latest & greatest, and if I wanted to, I always had backported packages to rely on.

However, my new laptop (an Asus U31SD) has an Atheros chip (id [1969:1083]) which is not supported in the kernel until 2.6.38.

So I tried downloading the latest weekly build, which happened to install KDE for some reason. The last three daily builds also installed KDE, and as far as I know, I am not selecting any meta packages during the install that would install it (Just "core", "laptop", and "SSH Server").

Is there any particular reason this is happening? I was always under the impression that Debian came with GNOME...

Edit: I've been getting my ISOs here:

  1. http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/amd64/iso-cd/ (specifically CD1, and not the KDE version at the bottom)
  2. http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily.new/ (netist versions for amd64)
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    Any reason for not installing the 3.* kernel series from Debian Backports (if that's easier for you)? Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 14:39
  • Trying a debian squeeze ISO causes my laptop to not have any connection to the internet at all, as there is no ethernet driver. I suppose I could create a list of packages from another computer and upgrade the kernel that way, but not having done it before, I am averse to doing so. Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 15:22
  • I tried downloading yet another ISO from the daily builds. This one installed Debian with no desktop environment whatsoever. Perfect. Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 4:56

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Eventually, the daily ISOs reverted back to using GNOME as the desktop environment.


I believe you should be able to just pass the desktop=gnome parameter at the boot menu and to get what you want.

  • Hi Mike, thanks for the comment. I ended up with an install ISO that installed no desktop environment whatsoever, so I just installed gnome right on top. Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 20:31

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