Try 'man apt-get"
Castles Made of Sand,
Fall in the Sea,
you'll see a large list of packages that ubuntu-desktop installs.Code:apt-cache show ubuntu-desktop
Wow, thanks for replies, people!
So, the bottom line - ubuntu desktop can actually be removed, because of it's meta-nature, and the unity will not suffer?
P.S. Debain also has some kind of deep file-manager desktop integration?
Last edited by ThrashManiac; December 2nd, 2012 at 01:41 PM. Reason: additional question
If you want to upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu, you will need to have ubuntu-desktop installed. With that caveat, if you're removing a package and see that ubuntu-desktop is going to be removed, that's not a cause for concern.
I was curious, so I tested it under the VirtualBox:
Conclusion: those 3 packages are nailed into the system, and there's no way to get rid of them. End of story. RIP.* removed gedit/nautilus/gnome-terminal via synaptic
* installed gnome3-shell via command line, because those 3 packages have brought the GUI down
* startx caused an error