Xubuntu minimal install testing (xubuntu-core)

Unit 193 unit193 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 03:34:40 UTC 2014

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Howdy, team!

The Xubuntu team has been discussing this for a long time, and with this release 
we'd like to finally provide the option of a minimally installable system. For 
this, we need a minimal metapackage, which needs to be installable and usable by 
either using tasksel or installing the package from the mini.iso.
We have put up a seed file for the 'xubuntu-core' metapackage, and you can find 
it at http://sigma.unit193.net/xubuntu.trusty/core.
The diff against the regular desktop package is at 
To test the metapackage,

     1. Download the mini.iso[1][2] and install it

     2. In a terminal, run
         echo "deb http://archive.unit193.net/debian/ trusty/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vanir.list

     3. Refresh sources: sudo apt-get update

     4. Install the core package
         sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends xubuntu-core

     Alternatively, after installing the minimal system, you can run the
     following line:

     wget http://sigma.unit193.net/xubuntu-core.sh && chmod +x xubuntu-core.sh && ./xubuntu-core.sh

Note: The panel will have a few blank icons for the applications normally 
installed, but not in the core meta.  The menu will have very few applications 
listed because there are few installed. The menu will also have multiple 
separators on top of each other because of the missing Ubuntu Software Center 

Note: The suggested way to install the core package in the future as well would 
be to use --no-install-recommends. It is also possible to install with tasksel, 
but that can give you slightly different results. (If you are using tasksel, you 
will also get packages in parenthesis.)
Xubuntu team members, please comment on the proposed seed file:

     Is there something you would drop, add or switch?

     Is the overall composition of packages something what you'd expect from a
     minimal Xubuntu installation?

And for those of you who have actually tested the metapackage, including those 
who aren't team members:

     While dropping packages, have we still managed to deliver the Xubuntu

     When testing the metapackage, did you experience anything that you thought
     was unexpected or -desired? What?

1: http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/
2: http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/trusty/main/installer-amd64/current/images/netboot/

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