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Old 11-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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De-Selecting Server Packages at Installation

Getting ready to install Slackware v.14 on a simple desktop. It's only used for writing documents, internet and email, multimedia, and some simple non-network games like Pysol. It won't be networked to other computers or remotely accessed. It doesn't run any servers.

Given that they'll never be used, I'd like to not install Apache, mail servers, etc. Are server packages grouped together where I could simply not install that group?

Also, what are the t/ and tcl/ groups for, and do I need them? I don't understand what tetex does, or if I need it.


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Old 11-08-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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t (tetex) is a distribution of the TeX/LaTeX typsetting package, it is used most often for typesetting scientific articles or books. It can also be used for letters and other documents (what I do).
tcl/tk is a scripting language (tcl) and it's gui-toolkit (tk)
You don't need this packages.

Slackware's default is a complete installation. If one wants to build a minimal system, this is very difficult and needs a lot of experience. If you install KDE, don't install the kdei series, this are only localization-packages for kde and since you are in the USA you don't need them. You can as well omit y (games). If you don't want to install the desktopenvironment XFCE you can also omit this series. For xap, look which windowmanagers you want to install and remove the others (it's easy with pkgtool after the installation).

As of the n series, you don't need samba and apache, but the other packages from this series are so small that it doesn't hurt to have them installed. Don't uninstall packages from the l series.

If you don't use emacs, uninstall e.

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Thank you very much, Markus. This is exactly what I needed to know.

I'll install everything but Samba, Apache, Emacs, kdei and tcl/tk.


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