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There are so many iso files in Debian website that I am really getting confused. How do I choose from them?

  • I used Ubuntu before.
  • I want to install Debian to my desktop
  • I want Gnome or KDE to be my DE
  • I downloaded a version called xxxxxxx-CD-1.iso but it doesnt seem to have a GUI

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    If you have a network connection, use the netinst iso. It does a basic installation for you; then you can download whatever else you want after that. – Faheem Mitha Sep 19 '16 at 18:52
  • This isn't really a duplicate, at least not of the linked duplicate (which is specifically about the 31-CD set of Debian 5). Nowadays, the best option is the netinst CD as others have said; but there are also different "CD 1" options (see the downloadable CDs): GNOME (the default), KDE, LXDE or Xfce. – Stephen Kitt Sep 19 '16 at 20:53

Use netinst, you can choose desktop environment at the end of install. http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/current/amd64/iso-cd/

  • I recently installed Debian via the "Net Install" ISO "burned" to a bootable USB pen. Indeed it will give you the option to install a desktop environment such as GNOME or MATE. – Kris Sep 21 '16 at 14:20

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