Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Minimal Gnome 3 Installation

Download from a Small CD ( here ). No businesscard CD image any longer...

I chose to put the image ( debian-7.1.0-amd64-netinst.iso ) on an USB stick ( see a former post and here ).

This time I decided to go the Graphical install way....

Just follow the's easy enough.

In the next screen I deselected everything....

Install the Grub boot loader to the master boot record.....

After finishing the installation reboot and....just press Enter....

Next screen login as root....

A few adjustments to the sources.list....

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add contrib and non-free at the end of all lines....Ctrl+o ( WriteOut ), File Name to Write : sources.list, hit Enter, Ctrl+x ( Exit ).

Then :

nano /etc/apt/apt.conf

Write this line : 

APT::Install-Recommends "false";

Save and exit. First update....

apt-get update 

Install a minimal xserver. My videocard is a Nvidia GeForce GT 330

apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-video-nvidia 

I kept an eye on the recommended packages.....

apt-get install nvidia-glx linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Package nvidia-glx will pull in package nvidia-kernel-dkms. Next :

apt-get install gdm3 gnome-session xorg nautilus gnome-terminal gnome-shell-extensions gnome-control-center gnome-tweak-tool alsa-utils pulseaudio gnome-themes 

Next is optional :

apt-get install chromium gthumb gdebi gksu leafpad glipper file-roller nautilus-open-terminal synaptic 

Create a configuration file for the Nvidia card :

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf   and add these lines :

Section "Device"
        Identifier "My GPU"
        Driver "nvidia"

Now reboot and login !

Some more tweaks :

Add this .fonts.conf file in your home directory.

Create a directory .icons in your home directory and add these icons.

Find more icons here and here....

Create a directory .fonts in your home directory and add these fonts.

Make adjustments in Advanced Settings.


  1. Thanks, thats exactly what i needed!

  2. Thank you a lot!
    Needs it for create normal view for my Cudieboard A20 from mini console debian - looks much better now from any X includes into other images!)

  3. Thanks. Just how I love my Debian; clean and simple.