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Re: DebianDesktopHowTo update

On Monday 24 October 2005 21:36, Pedro M (Morphix User) wrote:
> I would prefer an Ncurses screen in Debian where I could select:

That would be tasksel

> Install desktop environment ?? yes /no

which does this already

> What desktop to install ? Gnome / KDE / other (specify).

Now possible (since tasksel 2.30), though it will install both if they are 
both available by default. Specifically (from the 2.30 changelog):

  * Split out kde and gnome stuff from desktop into kde-desktop and
  * Both depend on the main desktop task (so both will be installed if
    available when the desktop task is selected), and both are hidden since
    a user should not need to choose between them.
  * This allows CDs to leave off either KDE or Gnome (or both!) and still
    get a working desktop task.
  * It also allows derivitives to more easily choose to include only one of
    the environments (via preseeding or by unhiding the tasks).
> If no Gnome / KDE or other wide used desktop, Debian would look for
> packages using apt-get or similar command (ie. fluxbox ).
yep, if desktop task is not installed this is what happens currently

> The user could select important properties, like  display-properties
> using this Ncurses sytem.
would belong to xserver-org package, which already does this if I recall 

desktop-profiles concerns itself with a completely different problem: the 
(conditional) activation and stacking of profiles (i.e configuration and/or 
data sets) for the different desktop environments in a standard way.

This allows things like
- decopple the debian configuration setup for the various DE's from the
  actual DE packages. This will allow Debian as a whole to explore
  alternative approaches to the default desktop setup in parallel 
  (even on the same machine). 
- allows CDD's/admin's to add their own configuration changes on top of the 
  Debian one's, to better adapt the default debian desktop for specific
  purposes, and allow those to be combined.
  (e.g. Debian-edu has a kde profile that set's up the desktop for
        use in a debian-edu network, which might be stacked on top of a
        debian-junior profile (currently unexisting) that sets up the DE for
        kids that can't read yet in a kindergarten class) 
- allows different configurations for different users (e.g. students vs.
  teachers for debian-edu)
Cheers, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)
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