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i'm new to linux and i'm having a hard time installing gnome. i'm using debian sarge and i already have the x window system. in the xterm window, i type ...
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    can't install gnome


    i'm new to linux and i'm having a hard time installing gnome.
    i'm using debian sarge and i already have the x window system.
    in the xterm window, i type in "apt-get install gnome" but it doesn't get to finish fetching the files. i checked our connection and it's ok. using "apt-get update" doesn't help either.

    any other way of installing gnome? a colleague suggested that i try a different server or try to get gnome from one of the cd installers, but i don't know how to do it (i.e., change the source of the files).

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    Well, if possible, try getting a different WM/DE up first. Once you have an alt up, then you can graphically tackle the problem, which makes it a lot easier. Also, try going on the web and manually downloading and compiling gnome yourself.

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    finally managed to install gnome. i changed ftp source in the the /etc/apt/source.list and the fetching went fine.

    now that i'm booting in the gnome, how do i change the way i log on to the system so that i get booted into a command line instead of being presented with the gnome logon box? i tried changing the runlevel from 2 (default) to 3, but the graphical logon is still there. i'm using debian and someone hinted that it has a different way of implementing this. also, how do i go to the gnome desktop from that command line, is it still by typing "startx" ?

    conversely, when i'm already in the gnome environment, how do i exit it and be on a purely command line mode (not the gnome terminal/console window)?

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    "
    conversely, when i'm already in the gnome environment, how do i exit it and be on a purely command line mode (not the gnome terminal/console window)?"

    You press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE

    Remember this, because its the linux way of emergincy exiting of X and you might need to use it often, or when you can't be bothered logging out.

    As of the other 2 question i dont know because i dont use debian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Game master pro
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    You press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE

    Remember this, because its the linux way of emergincy exiting of X and you might need to use it often, or when you can't be bothered logging out.
    thanks for the very handy tip.
    unfortunately, it only exited/logged me out of the current gnome session and brought me back to the gnome logon box - still within the X / GNOME enviroment. i was hoping i could get out entirely of the GUI environment and into the command line.

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