On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 02:08:03PM -0600, William Lee Valentine wrote:
> The current version of Debian, however, does not have a file INITTAB
> under /ETC. How do I get Debian to boot to Gnome, currently, and not to
> a command prompt?

Just make sure the gdm3 package is installed, and you should get the
graphical login (the technical term is "display manager").

Jessie uses systemd to control services.  It's very different from the
old sysvinit way (/etc/inittab and /etc/init.d/* and so on).  The VERY
basic version is:

systemctl start servicename
systemctl stop servicename
systemctl status servicename

There's obviously a lot more to it, but that's enough for one day.

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