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Old 6th September 2012, 07:01 PM
thkang Offline
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Uninstalling Desktop Environments


Originally I installed Fedora 17 original one (that with Gnome) on my laptop but out of curiosity I have several other DEs on my laptop as well.

What I did is :
yum groupinstall LXDE
yum groupinstall FXCE
also I have MATE on my laptop, following the guide on forum.
since they were just installed for curiosity and I don't use anything other than Gnome practically, I'd like to have them removed. My GDM tells there are 7 DEs - openbox, gnome, lxde, fxce, mate, gnome fallback, xbmc. I can't even tell where the hell openbox came from.

I tried removing unused DEs with Add/Remove Software -> uncheck lxde/fxce/mate in "package collections" list, and the add/remove software tells me that it has to remove other packages as well, namely nautilus, gdm, etc. Is it okay to just click okay? I'm very scared about this.
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Old 6th September 2012, 08:16 PM
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Re: Uninstalling Desktop Environments

No, I won't try to remove a DE. One can uninstall a simple program, but trying to uninstall a DE is like trying to unscramble an egg - it can't be expected to work properly.
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Old 6th September 2012, 08:20 PM
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Re: Uninstalling Desktop Environments

Originally Posted by thkang View Post

What I did is :
yum groupinstall LXDE
yum groupinstall FXCE
This will install the mentioned Desktop-Environments and all his dependencies. If you want to remove one or more DE be carefully because some dependencies belongs to Gnome too e.g. GDM or teminal for example.

You need to reinstall with the command groupinstall your favourite DE otherwise your system will broken next startup.

yum groupinstall gnome
install the Gnome DE with all his dependencies.

List of all the available groups:

yum grouplist | less


yum groupinfo PACKAGENAME
yum groupremove PACKAGENAME
Will remove the group e.g. LXDE with all his dependencies.

Hope this helps
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Old 9th September 2012, 07:04 PM
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Re: Uninstalling Desktop Environments

openbox is the window manager for lxde. tidbits.
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Old 13th September 2012, 10:25 PM
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Re: Uninstalling Desktop Environments

You can yank out GDM if you have replaced it with SLiM, which I do, but you probably need it. You can also tear out most KDE stuff with yum remove kdebase kdelibs. yum remove gnome-shell is all I'd advise for nuking gnome, since it has some useful (but not critical that can't be substituted) stuff, like file-roller which works better than Xarchiver.
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