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Re: Proposal: switch default desktop to xfce

On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 04:41:00PM +0100, Jonathan Dowland wrote:
> > On 26 Oct 2013, at 16:08, "Andrew M.A. Cater" <amacater@galactic.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> > 
> > That wouldbe my preference - a tasksel change for "no desktop" "KDE" "GNOME"
> > "LXDE" XFCE" etc. for the netinst - default being no desktop - ideal for a minimum
> > install.

This is for the netinst - so something that will install a minimum system from the network and is <400M at the moment.

> I don't understand how that would work: I presume you don't mean an isolinux option that changed the meaning of "Debian desktop environment" to "no desktop".
> I think the boot options make the situation more complicated. Why not have a selection of tasks

No, that is pretty much what I mean: it would be useful to have no desktop installed by default.

If you select - "Install a desktop environment" then you get to select which one you want: if that changes init choices / software choices to 
pull in the appropriate DE package list before your first boot into the new system.

Then if someone says - "I need to install a DE because I forgot to install a DE at initial install time" - one command is needed - 
something like

	dpkg-reconfigure desktop-environment -plow

should do it.

> XFCE desktop environment (default)
> LXDE desktop environment
> GNOME desktop environment
> KDE desktop environment
> Where the debian recommended is suffixed as I've indicated above, and to get no desktop, you deselect them all.
> My main concern about this would be the task selection screen having too many options. In which case the desktop questions could all have their own screen.

Yes - a desktop selection should probably have its own screen - that way you can add any number of DEs you need.


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