How to install Debian Squeeze with minimal GNOME using CD-1

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How to install Debian Squeeze with minimal GNOME using CD-1

Postby realnubnut » 2011-03-27 18:40

1. Download CD-1 iso which contains GNOME

2. Install your way but when you come to "Software Selection" unselect everything to make sure only the core of the system (base) is installed.
Uncheck the pre-selected "Graphical desktop environment" and "Standard system utilities"

3. Finish the installation, reboot then log in to CLI

4. Prevent apt from suggesting/installing recommends:
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# touch /etc/apt/apt.conf
# nano /etc/apt/apt.conf


apt.conf contents:
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APT::Install-Recommends "false";
APT::Install-Suggests "false";


5. Install minimal GNOME off CD-1
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# aptitude install gnome-session gnome-themes gnome-terminal xserver-xorg-core gdm3 gnome-control-center gnome-applets gnome-screensaver file-roller gnome-icon-theme hicolor-icon-theme dmz-cursor-theme libgtk2.0-bin linux-sound-base


You may prepare a script for this beforehand if you like (name it gnome_minimal.sh for example) with this contents:
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#!/bin/bash
# simple script to install a minimal GNOME on Debian Squeeze
aptitude install gnome-session gnome-themes gnome-terminal xserver-xorg-core gdm3 gnome-control-center gnome-applets gnome-screensaver file-roller gnome-icon-theme hicolor-icon-theme dmz-cursor-theme libgtk2.0-bin linux-sound-base 2>&1 | tee -a gnome_minimal.log


Run the script:
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# sh gnome_minimal.sh


6. Done

7. After you log in to your GNOME desktop, do "aptitude update" then "aptitude install gnome-media"
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Re: How to install Debian Squeeze with minimal GNOME using C

Postby friarath » 2011-06-08 12:57

Thank you very much for this! I have an obsession for installing ONLY the stuff I want/need and not have to have things like evolution & epiphany so this is perfect.

I did have to install xorg and xserver-xorg-video-nouveau afterwards to get video working.

Then to get normal desktop functionality I add:
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aptitude install -r synaptic menu brasero gnome-keyring file-roller

aptitude install cups 

aptitude install -r system-config-printer

aptitude install alacarte app-install-data alsa-base alsa-utils bzip2 eog gksu gcalctool aspell-en hunspell-en-us totem-mozilla totem-plugins gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly libvisual-0.4-plugins gconf-editor simple-scan imagemagick sane-utils evince gdebi gnome-disk-utility ia32-libs rsync  gnome-system-tools gnome-session-canberra gnome-system-monitor gnome-power-manager gvfs-backends xsltproc libcanberra-gtk-module gnome-media

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Re: How to install Debian Squeeze with minimal GNOME using C

Postby infestor » 2012-02-17 03:21

very nice guides! thanks.
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Re: How to install Debian Squeeze with minimal GNOME using C

Postby golinux » 2012-02-17 04:46

Yes, this looks very interesting. Something to give a try when there's nothing else going on.
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Re: How to install Debian Squeeze with minimal GNOME using C

Postby phenest » 2012-03-23 15:54

When I do a minimal install of Gnome, I only install gdm3:
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apt-get install gdm3

Due to dependencies, this will also install X and a minimal desktop, with no apps. An alternative to Step 5.
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