Re: Debian Light Desktop - meta package
* André Luiz Rodrigues Ferreira [Tue, Apr 11 2006, 01:44:57PM]:
> Hi !
> I'm creating a meta package for install a lite desktop for old
> machines with poor hardware.
> I would like to receive opinions about my packages list:
> - x-window-system-core
> - xfce4 (beautiful!)
Depends. IceWM with a tiny Filemanager (eg. emelfm) suffies my idea of
"light desktop" much, much more. I would say - set
"xfce4 | x-window-manager".
> - evince
As other pointed out, does basically the same job as xpdf but pulls half
of the Gnome.
> - eog
As said, Gnome bloat. Use gqview or pornview.
> - gaim
Please depend on "gaim | psi | licq" or so.
> - arj
Who cares about arj nowadays? I suggest installing the "unp" package
instead, it will tell user which program is needed to install for a
certain type of archive.
> - file-roller
Is there really no other choice without GNOME dependencies?
> - wvdial
What's wrong with chat?
> - gnome-ppp
Bloat for a simple task like Interface status watching. Configuration
can be done wiht pppconfig once. And even then, it's too specific for a
"Desktop" meta package, IMO.
> - gnome-utils
You can replace all of them with lightweigt alternatives: xwd (or import
from imagemagic or even gimp for screenshots), ding, locate (make some
GUI), superformat (make some GUI, I have written one years ago, see
GSwissKnife on Freshmeat).
> - inkscape
Too specific for a "Desktop" package.
> - gimp
> - abiword
> - gnumeric
> - gnumeric-plugins-extra
> - gnome-system-monitor
The last time I used this monitor, it was the application using much
more memory than every other one. Do you really want it for a