Re: Is gnome-core *really* the gnome minimal install?
On Sun, 12 Apr 2015, Rodolfo Medina wrote:
> Hi all.
> According to documentations, gnome-core package is considered to be
> the very minimal gnome installation in Debian. But in my personal
> experience it is not so. Just after installing Debian, I installed
> gnome-core just to have the minimal gnome installation. Then I
> noticed that totem, the video player, was also installed even though
> I hadn't. Since I use mplayer, I did `aptitude purge totem' and was
> surprised to see that gnome-core depended on totem, so that removing
> totem would also remove gnome-core. I did so, and now gnome desktop
> environment, even without gnome-core package, seems to work well. So
> I ask to myself what gnome minimal install should really be. I have
> Thanks for any help,
Obviously, you've realized (or soon will) that GNOME's idea of a
"minimal install" and your's (or mine) are diametrically different.
You'll never get what you want. I know. I've tried. GNOME's "parts"
are too integrated, too dependent on each other. That's one of the
reasons I've abandoned it entirely. I like compact, light, fast
systems. GNOME, once a reasonably lightweight desktop, has now become
I suggest you look at LXDE. It's lightweight and very modular, and
designed to easily choose what you do and don't want installed.
lxde-common is what you install first. It only has one dependency
lxsession. It's NOT a metapackage. LXDE does have one, if you just
want a working desktop with little effort. It's called --
what else? -- lxde-core.
Of course, if you really want TOTAL control of your GUI, a window
manager is the way to go. That's what I did. Installed Openbox. The
same WM that LXDE uses. A little more work, but worth it.