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Bug#996955: task-desktop silently pulls in task-desktop-gnome via Recommends


Fabian Greffrath <fabian@debian.org> wrote (Thu, 21 Oct 2021 12:25:35 +0200):
> I just installed Debian stable in a virtual machine. When I was asked
> during the installation process which "meta-packages" to install I
> left "Desktop Environment" selected but explicitly deselected GNOME. I
> expected to end up with a minimal graphical environment, e.g. X with
> twm and xterm or similar. However, I was surprised to find out after
> installation that indeed the entire GNOME desktop was installed albeit
> me explicitly deselecting it during installation.

Selecting "Desktop Environment", but not choose one of the displayed 
possiblities (like "GNOME", "KDE" and so on) is not the way, how this
dialog was designed, I guess.

If you want a graphical desktop, select "Desktop Environment" and one of
the options under it; or if you dont't want a graphical UI, deselect all
those options.
There is no way in between of these two.

This is not optimal of course, and there have been reports from people, who
where irritated by the functionality of this dialog in the past as well.

I could imagine a solution, where the checkbox in the first line "Desktop 
Environment" is not directly changeable at all, but gets automatically 
checked or unchecked, if the user selects one of the desktop environment 
options below (or does not check any of them).
Or the first line having no checkbox at all would be even better.

Don't know, if something like this is possible with debconf...


Holger Wansing <hwansing@mailbox.org>
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