removing packages for edubuntu on old pcs (edubuntu for day care, philippines)

Gavin McCullagh gmccullagh at
Sat Sep 23 11:58:43 BST 2006


On Sat, 23 Sep 2006, maning sambale wrote:

> The oldest pc machine we have for our project is:
> PC Celeron 333mhz, 128MB, 4.3GB Hard disk (256MB for swap), S3 4MB
> Video card, 3COM LAN card, Sampo 14" monitor, NTC serial keyboard, MS
> PS2 mouse.  No CD-ROM drive, no usb port, no speaker (not even an
> internal).
> Given the hardware restrictions, any advise which packages I need to remove?

> You can view the package list here:

The thing to look at, I would suggest is a package list with sizes included
it.  It's rather unrewarding picking out packages at random and removing
them to find you just saved 500KB.

This command will give you a sorted list of package sizes.

dpkg-query -Wf '${Package}\t${Installed-Size}\n' |sort -rgk2 |less

Looking at your list, I notice you have OpenOffice, Abiword and Gnumeric.
If you can afford to stick with the latter two and remove the OpenOffice
components, I suspect that should save you about 200MB.     81200   57456       22536  21228   10700     9420     7668       6744       5080     4604      3032       2564  2144     964      544        272    228      196  24

those values are in kbytes.

Others that look large are Evolution, gcompris, zope3 (schooltool needs
this) and any extra kernels you have installed (you need at least one
working kernel obviously).  Of course, you need to check if you need these
packages.  Depending on the age group, gcompris might be very useful.


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