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Re: New Sarge install

On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 06:48:11 -0500, Kevin Mark
<kmark+debian-user@pipeline.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 28, 2005 at 12:14:40PM +0100, Hannes Mayer wrote:
> <snip>
> > BTW, I haven't seen any answer to my Q as of yesterday - maybe you
> > know the answer: The current sarge (25-JAN-2005) didn't have the
> > option "desktop environment" in tasksel, but the version as of
> > 17-JAN-2005 still had. Is this due a broken package as it happened
> > once last year (found this on google) ?
> > I hope this was just an accident, since installing X and GNOME
> > afterwards was rather painful and I didn't have the graphical login
> > (but 17-JAN-2005 worked very well).
> >
> > Thanks & best regards,
> > Hannes.
> Hi Hannes,
> 'testing' (sarge) is used for testing things before the distribution is
> released as stable. And one of the things that happens in testing is
> that packages are added and packages are removed based upon the presence
> and absense of dependencies. Tasksel (task selection) is a frontend to
> install various meta-packages. If the packages that 'desktop' depends
> upon was not
> present when 'tasksel' was built, I assume that they would leave it out.
> And when the ISO images are built again, if everything is ok, tasksel
> will have the desktop option. Are you familiar with meta-packages. Of
> note are: x-window-system, x-window-system-core, kde, gnome, and
> gnome-desktop-environment.
> -Kev
> ps.
> checkout my diagram: http://kmark.home.pipeline.com/debian.png

Thanks a lot for the extensive explanation and the outstanding
diagram. I already knew some of the stuff, but with the diagram the
clouds finally dissolved and the debian sun is shining on my head :-)

Best regards,

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