How To Install GNOME Desktop on Debian 8

Learn in simple steps how to have installed the GNOME desktop on your Debian 8 system.

What is GNOME?

GNOME is the derivation of the following:

GNU Network Object Model Environment or Environment of Object Modeling over the GNU Network and is currently in 166 languages.

For this tutorial, we will use Debian 8 and use the tasksel command

What is Tasksel?

Tasksel is a command that offers us various alternatives for the configuration of our Linux environments in a practical, dynamic and transparent way.

Taskel Command Options

With tasksel, we can use the following options if we introduce the following command. It allows us to display all the tasks available for the running distro.

tasksel –list-task

From there we can define what feature to install.

  • tasksel: Using this option directly from the terminal we can see the graphics desktops and there choose the option that we wish to add. There we simply select the program with the spacebar and click OK.

Recommendations Before Install GNOME on Debian 8

Before starting the GNOME installation process it is advisable to update all the Debian 8 packages using the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Install GNOME on Debian 8 using taskel graphical mode

We have two options to install the GNOME environment in Debian 8. The first way we have at hand for installing GNOME is using the graphical interface mentioned above, for this we will do the following:

We access the graphical environment of tasksel by entering as root users or typing the following line:

sudo tasksel

In the graphic window select GNOME with the spacebar and click OK. It will automatically start the process of installing GNOME packages on Debian 8.

Install GNOME on Debian 8 using the command line

The other alternative with which we can install GNOME is using the terminal directly and entering the following command. There we accept the download, and we hope that all the packages will be downloaded and installed.

sudo apt-get install gnome

As we know during the process of installing Debian 8 we are allowed to create the root user exclusively, so with this user the GNOME environment will be disabled, for this we must create an access user using the following command:

adduser User_Name

Once we have executed the previous steps we proceed to restart the system using the following command.

This will allow all changes to the interface to be made properly.

shutdown -r

Once the system is restarted, we will see the GNOME environment.

Uninstall GNOME on Debian 8

If for some reason like performance, stability or taste we want to remove GNOME from Debian 8 we must open the terminal and enter the following command.

This will disable all the GNOME components of the Debian Operating System 8.

sudo aptitude purge gnome gnome-utils gnome-core gnome-desktop-data gnome-desktop-environment

We have seen how we can establish and install GNOME on Debian 8 in a practical way and we will undoubtedly have a nice interface, with great benefits and easy to use for all everyday Linux users.

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