[Pkg-xfce-devel] Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Fri Aug 8 15:23:36 UTC 2014

Quoting Samuel Thibault (2014-08-08 16:19:28)
> Jonas Smedegaard, le Fri 08 Aug 2014 16:11:58 +0200, a écrit :
>> The following is on a wheezy chroot:
>> root at bastian:/# aptitude install task-gnome-desktop
>> The following NEW packages will be installed:
>> [...]
>> Need to get 370 MB of archives. After unpacking 1099 MB will be used.
>> root at bastian:/# aptitude install task-xfce-desktop
>> The following NEW packages will be installed:
>> [...]
>> Need to get 115 MB of archives. After unpacking 348 MB will be used.
>> Desktop needing 370MB versus 115MB seems pretty significant to me.
> Actually it's 1.1GiB versus 348MiB. But that is barring the rest of 
> the desktop.

If the concern was e.g. price of harddisk to install on, then the 
finally used disk space be the measure.

...but the concern I raised is bandwidth for packages to be installed - 
which over-simplified can be expressed as "does it fit on a CD?".

Numbers for Sid (in a chroot for task package, not for a full install), 
is 389MB versus 101MB.

> More precise measurements can be found in the installation manual, for 
> which we also install task-desktop etc. which ends up with 3.2GiB for 
> Gnome & KDE, 2.3GiB for XFCE, 2GiB for LXDE.

I believe (but haven't checked) that installation manual don't document 
bandwidth needs - in the past users could simply assume "a single 
desktop fits on first CD".

 - Jonas

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