minimalist KDE in natty

Jim Kielman cariboo907 at
Tue Jan 25 19:05:54 UTC 2011

On 11-01-25 05:36 AM, Felix Miata wrote:
> On 2011/01/25 00:17 (GMT-0800) Michael Casadevall composed:
>> Felix Miata  wrote:
>>>  Is there a meta package to accomplish this? I don't want
>>> libreoffice, pim or
>>>  desktop search, just enough KDE to have a functional DTE. So far from a
>>>  minimal install I've apt-get installed akonadi-server, libakonadi-dde4,
>>>  dbus-x11, libqt4-dbus, kdebase-bin, kdebase-data, kdebase-runtime,
>>>  kdebase-runtime-data, kdeartwork, kdebase-workspace,
>>> kdebase-workspace-bin,
>>>  kdebase-workspace-data, libkdecore5, libkworkspace4, plasma-desktop,
>>> xorg,
>>>  xserver-xorg, xserver-xorg-video-intel and a whole bunch of other kde*,
>>>  libk*&  *x11* packages, but all I get is a blank screen with mouse
>>> cursor
>>>  after logging in via KDM or running startx. No other DTE is installed.
>>>  Alternatively, can someone see in
>>> what the problem
>>> is well
>>>  enough to tell me something else that needs to be installed?
>> It's been awhile, but I *think* if you do a basic install (like server
>> with no extra packages) and do "sudo apt-get install
>> --no-install-recommends kubuntu-desktop" it should only pull in the
>> basic set of packages. Failing that, you should be able to install
>> just the session package and then cherrypick what you want, but I'll
>> have to look up what you need.
> 21 more packages it wants:
> kde-zeroconf
> kdegames-card-data
> kdemultimedia-kio-plugins
> kdepasswd
> khelpcenter4
> kmix
> kpat
> kubuntu-desktop
> kubuntu-netbook-default-settings
> language-selector-qt
> libdiscid0
> libkcddb4
> libkdegames5
> libmusicbrainz3-6
> libneon27-gnutls
> libokularcore1
> libpoppler-qt4-3
> okular
> phonon-backend-gstreamer
> plasma-netbook
> software-properties-kde
> Surely some of these shouldn't be requirements, e.g. *netbook* or
> *games*. I tried just khelpcenter4, libdiscid0, okular,
> libpoppler-qt4-3, software-properties-kde, language-selector-qt. Still
> no go, but .xsession-errors size went down 3/4 to 32k. Maybe KDE is
> currently broken?

Have a look at kde-standard, or kde-plasma-desktop, to see if they are
what you want

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