Originally Posted by micronet
i emerged xfce4-meta whith the "minimal" use flag. The result was strange: I got a desktop with nothing but an (almost) empty panel with a minimalist menu and without any icon.Also, it used the pre-installed openbox instead of xfwm !!!
that's how my first day with calculate linux was. Now my questions are:
1- What is THE EASIEST way to install a minimalist yet fonctional desktop (gnome or xfce). I want to compile a minimal working desktop environment so that i can compile after that only the applications that i prefer to use.
There is no EASY way to do that. If you're new to Linux, here is a lesson to you: whenever a Linux/Unix distribution claims to be "minimal," it really is, and won't do anything else to make your life easier. It doesn't care how difficult it will be for you to add apps and features to it. In fact, "minimal" distributions usually take pride in being difficult to improve. There is a very deeply rooted thing about Linux/Unix culture that absolutely believes that every user should dig his nose deep in manuals and learn everything about the inner works of the operating system, down to minute detail (which usually takes years). Installing a "minimal" distro is like going to a sado-maso-bondage party: you asked for the rough, you will get the rough. No complaints will be accepted.
Here is another part of this lesson: whenever a Linux/Unix distribution claims to be "simple," it means simple for whoever put it together. The user is left with the task of adding everything it needs to be completely functional, which is quite complicated. The packager/developer/maintainer didn't do a complete job of it, that's why it's called "simple." "Simple" is always a euphemism in Linux/Unix that means about the same as "minimalist," maybe worse.
What you want is absolutely possible, just don't expect it to be easy. People responsible for such "minimal" or "simple" setups have a deep dislike for "easy" to begin with. They think easy is either boring or even plain wrong. You are not getting any EASY from them.