Re: Unable to connect to my home wireless
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you don't actually set preferences to install recommends. This is now the Debian default. You have to explicitly turn them off if you don't want them.
To avoid this, you should place these lines in /etc/apt/apt.conf:
I agree -- recommends are not depends, and they should not be automatic. And yet they are.
(Also note that I have the above lines in my apt.conf and I *still* got network-manger.)
The IRC bot in #debian has this to say about "why recommends":
From lenny onwards, apt-get and aptitude both install "Recommended"
packages by default. From <policy> section 7.2, Recommends, "declares a
strong, but not absolute, dependency. The Recommends field should list
packages that would be found together with this one in all but unusual
installations." You're not that unusual, trust us. By not installing
"recommended" packages, you will be missing functionality.