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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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3.8.1 Install a few more packages after initial install

Once you have made it this far, you have a small but functioning Debian system. It is a good time to install bigger packages.

  • Run tasksel. See Installing tasks, Section 6.2.2.

    You may choose these if you need them:

    • End-user – X Window System

    • Development – C and C++

    • Development – Python

    • Development – Tcl/Tk

    • Miscellaneous – TeX/LaTeX environment

    • For others, I prefer to use tasksel as a guide by looking into their components listed under <Task Info> and installing them selectively through dselect.

  • Run dselect.

    Here the first thing you may want to do is select your favorite editor and any programs you need. You can install many Emacs variants at the same time. See dselect, Section 6.2.4 and Popular editors, Section 11.1.

    Also you may replace some of the default packages with full-featured ones.

    • lynx-ssh (instead of lynx)

    • ...

  • ...

I usually edit /etc/inittab for easy shutdown.

     ...
     # What to do when CTRL-ALT-DEL is pressed.
     ca:12345:ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t1 -a -h now
     ...

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