Debian is in the process of changing from the
XFree86 X11 Window system to the X.org X11 Window system; those
using Sid/Etch should be able to switch now.
#cp /etc/X11/XF86Config /etc/X11/XF86Config.old
Install the X.org X
server in Debian
Debconf will ask which server you wish to run,
We are going to assume you are running Debian Sarge or later, older versions like Woody do not include support for newer 3D graphics cards. When you first install Debian you will not have any X packages by default, so to install the basic packages do
This will give you the basics, such as the X
server, the basic X shared libraries, the basic X fonts, and the
basic X client programs. Note however that this doesn't give you
GNOME/KDE/XFCE and others.