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Re: A long rant on Debian 9

wooledg@eeg.ccf.org wrote:
>It sounds like you un-checked the specific desktop environments (KDE,
>GNOME, XFCE, etc.) but left "Debian desktop environment" selected.
>I honestly have no idea what happens in that case.  I always un-check
>that one.  The only Tasks I select during the install are Standard, and
>SSH server.

The desktop task setup in tasksel is defined by the Recommends:
defined by the task-desktop task package (aka "Debian desktop

tack:~$ apt-cache show task-desktop  | grep Recommends
Recommends: task-gnome-desktop | task-xfce-desktop | task-kde-desktop | task-lxde-desktop | task-cinnamon-desktop | task-mate-desktop | task-lxqt-desktop, xdg-utils, avahi-daemon, libnss-mdns, anacron, eject, iw, alsa-utils

So, if you leave the "Debian desktop environment" enabled in tasksel,
then *any* of the (gnome,xfce,kde,lxde,cinnamon,mate) desktop task
packages will satisfy its recommendation. If you select it alongside
any of those desktop task packages it will therefore have very little
effect. However, if you select it alone *with no specific desktop
chosen* then it will default to the first in that list: gnome.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"Further comment on how I feel about IBM will appear once I've worked out
 whether they're being malicious or incompetent. Capital letters are forecast."
 Matthew Garrett, http://www.livejournal.com/users/mjg59/30675.html

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