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Reflections on a Raring mini.iso installation


Partly out of boredom and partly because I've modified my Quantal --> Raring Ubuntu-GNOME install so much that I no longer know what's "normal" and what's not "normal" I grabbed a mini.iso here:


I then chose Command Line Install from the boot screen since our remix is not yet listed in 'tasksel'. The base installation worked perfectly, then on reboot I ended up at a TTY as expected.

>From there I simply logged in and then ran "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop". I could see that 'ubuntu-gnome-default-settings' was being installed and 'ubuntu-desktop' was NOT being installed so I proceeded.

When that was done I rebooted and found that I'd also ended up with 'unity', 'compiz', and a lot of other Ubuntu packages that I didn't want so I did a repeat test, but this time I used '--no-install-recommends', eg:

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-gnome-dektop

The result was much, much better. No 'compiz' or 'unity' stuff this time, but I also ended up with some missing recommends like no 'epiphany-browser', no 'totem', no 'cheese', no 'abiword', etc, etc.

But 'nautilus' and 'gnome-terminal' were both there so I could import needed files and I could then install 'synaptic' to parse package status.

Regardless I know it's super early in Raring dev but I'm obviously curious about how our meta package(s) handle "depends" and "recommends". That's way over my head :^)

Happy Holidays to everyone,


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