GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
If we notice the clock getting out of step, then install ntpdate and ntp to set the system clock accurately from a reliable server (e.g., ntp.togaware.com).
Get X Windows working with the graphics card by installing gnome and then any specific xserver drivers.
Now populate your machine with other applications using tasksel to install groups of packages. I also like to add in vrms.