I thought it was time to sit down and see if I could work out how do a minimal installation of GNOME 3. It is not secret that it isn’t my favorite desktop but I’d thought I’d give it another go, and I was pleasantly surprised, my first impressions were not nearly as bad as I remember the last time I tried installing it.
Although this is probably because I’ve upgraded my system and now have a rather nice new workstation. I still don’t like the GNOME 3 look and feel that much but it behaved itself nicely and much to my surprise didn’t take up as much disk space as I expected it might, though you still need a modern machine and a reasonable graphics card so I wouldn’t try this on a Raspberry Pi! I began with a minimal system install without any X windows components, and as usual I tried to install the just the minimum number of packages needed for a working GNOME desktop. $ su Password: OR $ sudo -i Password: # apt-get update;apt-get upgrade::: Reading package lists. Done Reading package lists. Done Building dependency tree Reading state information.
Done Calculating upgrade. Done The following packages will be upgraded: libexpat1 librsvg2-2 librsvg2-common 3 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 498 kB of archives. After this operation, 4,096 B of additional disk space will be used. Techwell Dvr Card Tw2804 Driver more. Do you want to continue? [Y/n]::: Setting up libexpat1:amd64 (2.1.0-6+deb8u2).