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

Holger Wansing <hwansing@mailbox.org> writes:

> Hi,
> 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.

The outcome is the same if one does any of: setting just "Desktop
Environment"; setting just Gnome; or setting both of them at the same
time.  The reason being that setting just "Desktop Environment" results
in you getting the default desktop, which currently happens to be Gnome.

If there was a way of making "Desktop Environment" be a section heading
instead, without it having a checkbox next to it, that would have been
done, but AFAIK that is not currently possible with the way that the
menu is assembled.

Sadly, that's rather misleading.

Cheers, Phil.
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