Idea: "{Gnome,KDE,Xfce,...} Minimal Desktop" groups

Sandro Mani manisandro at
Wed May 1 00:17:28 UTC 2013

On 01.05.2013 02:08, Felix Miata wrote:
> On 2013-05-01 01:37 (GMT+0200) Sandro Mani composed:
>>> # yum install @critical-path-gnome
>> The gnome one is close, the kde one not: critpath contains kdelibs and
>> kdm, but a minimal set would rather look like
>> base + xorg + mesa + kdm kde-workspace dejavu-sans-fonts
>> dejavu-sans-mono-fonts
>> (here it might be a good idea to have the dejavu-sans-fonts as
>> dependencies of kdm / kde-workspace?)
> Why only DejaVu (which along with Verdana and Vera have the 
> significantly largest average x-height and width of common western web 
> fonts)?
Aren't the dejavu fonts those which are mapped to the standard sans, 
serif and monospace fonts? (could very well be wrong here).
> What good are TTF/OTF fonts without Xorg?
> Mesa aka 3D? Bling I don't need, or want no matter how fast the 
> system, and I force it globally with Option "Composite" "Disable" 
> somewhere in /etc/X11/.
Well ok, the central part though is what follows the core graphics stack 
- those core packages are always the same, the sometimes more 
challenging part however is figuring out which DE specific packages are 
necessary for the basic shell.
> If anything is going to require fonts it should be X if not base.
> On my systems the top priority fonts are the Droids, with nearly as 
> much x-height as D/V/V, but not so fat.

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