gerhardusm2002 at yahoo.es
Wed Oct 17 08:19:40 UTC 2007
On Wednesday 17 October 2007 05:34:29 darryl.tidd wrote:
> The plot thickens. [. . .]
If I understand this correctly, ubuntu-desktop is not a package with actual
programs but merely a list of components that make up the default ubuntu
desktop (a "metapackage", because its only function is to telly you of other
packages). It is useful only for upgrade purposes, and removing it has no
effect at all on how your system works (althought it will be messier to
upgrade, when the time comes).
One of the items on the ubuntu-desktop list is firefox. If you remove the
latter, you no longer have all the requisites of the default ubuntu, so the
former also goes. If you reinstall ubuntu-desktop, it tries to pull all of
its components, so you get back firefox, OpenOffice, and al the stuff that
gets installed by default.
My advice: if you don't want to have firefox, OpenOffice, etc, just get rid
of ubuntu-desktop and the rest of metapackages. They'll make no difference on
how your system works.
I wish this was better explained in the ububntu documentation, because it
seems to be a quite frequent source of confussion.
Hope this helps,
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