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    how to install with no desktop environment

    to avoid unneeded packages and issues removing des is there a way to install kali with zero DE and then add one later?

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    You can use the "Kali Linux mini ISO" to get the bare bones install - http://docs.kali.org/network-install...ni-iso-install
    (Make sure to disable 'Debian desktop environment')

    From there, you can use meta packages to install the groups of tools you wish - http://www.kali.org/news/kali-linux-metapackages/
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    Quote Originally Posted by g0tmi1k View Post
    You can use the "Kali Linux mini ISO" to get the bare bones install - http://docs.kali.org/network-install...ni-iso-install
    (Make sure to disable 'Debian desktop environment')

    From there, you can use meta packages to install the groups of tools you wish - http://www.kali.org/news/kali-linux-metapackages/
    thank you. i did this and now i have a text console login. i went ahead and installed cinnamon but startx and telinit 5 do not start the desktop. did i miss a package somewhere along the way?

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    You need to install xorg as well...By the way, the default runlevel for Debian is 2 not 5...

    Luck.

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