I'm a very fresh Linux user. It's my first step and I finished Debian 5.0.3 installation and I can't login. I type the username and password but nothing! Just the prompt changes to "debian@user$". I need help. Thanks.

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You are probably at the console. You have either not installed Xorg or xorg is crashing. If it's the first case and you want to install Gnome, try: apt-get update and then apt-get install gnome . It will install every necessary dependency and you will be probably greeted with a graphical login screen upon completion of the installation.

  • Do what Kagig says or... You could try to type startx and see what happens. I bet you get some errors. Post the errors and we may can get you into a gui. btw you are logged into the console. Welcome to Debian. ;)
    – egorgry
    Sep 12, 2009 at 15:44
  • better would be aptitude update && aptitude install gnome-desktop-environment
    – user17642
    Sep 12, 2009 at 21:29

That sounds to me like you're logged in. You should be able to type commands at the prompt. What are you expecting that you're not seeing?

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