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Old 04-07-2014, 04:50 PM   #1
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Wink Minimal slackware installation on DELL xps 13

Hello experts,

i need some help to make a minimal install of slackware 14.1 on my dell xps 13.

Which series packages should i install to have a minimal system with GUI? i want to install KDE.

But i dunno how can i make a minimal instalattion with KDE, i dont need a full installation with 4 video players and all that stuff.

I think i can pass days solving dependencies, so i'd like to use slackware dvd media to solve all them or the big part of them.

Can you guys help me to know the packages series?

Old 04-07-2014, 06:37 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ.

You can hardly make a minimal installation including KDE, as you'll need most packages included in Slackware.

If you don't need an installed package, well... Just don't use it. Having it installed won't hurt at all.

Among the packages series you could skip:
D and K if you don't want to compile software. but sooner or later you'll need to
E if you don't use emacs
F if you don't want FAQs and HowTos
T if you don't use Tetex and friends
TCL if you dont' use Tcl/Tk
XFCE if you don't want it
Y if you don't want some games

But again, you won't win anything in omitting these, but a few MB in your hard disk.

Oh, and you can use an installer speaking Portuguese (Brazil) if you want, see

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Old 04-08-2014, 05:03 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ!
As a newbie to Slackware you should do a full install so as not to have problems.

Didier Spaier is correct you can always remove packages as he stated. But a few MB gain is not worth the hassle.

Be sure to look at 'Slackware Doc Project'

Hope this helps.
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I agree with the others if you're new to Slackware just install the whole set of packages, it won't hurt.

What you could then do post-install is edit the KDE menu, stripping it down to suit yourself, remove the programs you don't want, edit the categories, keep the ones you do want to use. Removing items from the menu won't remove them from the system and if you find you're not so keen on a particular program after all or you feel you do want to add another you can adjust your menu selections accordingly.
Old 04-08-2014, 03:27 PM   #5
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I also wouldn't bother. Nonetheless you could also leave out xap and just add in applications as you need them after initial install. Theses applications generally depend on system libs but are not needed for other apps to function.
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That device appears to have 128GB of disk space. A full install of Slackware is around about 8Gb (I have bigger media files bigger than that!). This is also substantially smaller than a modern Windows or MacOS install and yet includes a lot more useful stuff out of the box. You will still have another 120GB to play with in any case.

If you are worried/annoyed about long lists of programs spamming your applications list just uninstall those apps that bother you.

P.S. Slackware will not be faster just because you remove applications. This is because unlike most distros, servers and deamons are generally not started just because you have them installed, so they consume no resources other than disk space. Additionally it can be handy leaving apps lying around because if you ever find you need one of them you won't have to download because it is already installed!
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