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f28 workstation: what packages can I delete if I don't use gnome desktop?

asked 2018-12-04 12:27:02 -0600

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updated 2018-12-04 12:28:53 -0600


TL;DR I don't use Evolution email client and I don't use gnome desktop. What packages can I get rid of if I want the lightest weight f28 desktop?

Long version In trying to get a more minimalist and lighter desktop environment I decided to use i3wm and some lighter email clients I have used in the past. I'm newish to Fedora, have used it for about a year since I had new hardware that would not run Slackware as I have used for about 15 years. I like Fedora's package-management and having good access to new kernels and spending much less time as home sysadmin, but I miss the simplicity and lightness of Slackware. I'm hoping to be able to configure Fedora to be less dependent on gnome and doing things for me which I don't want and never asked for in the first place, and instead just be a transparent lightweight Linux with the packages I want and without the services I don't want.

Now that I don't need evolution, gnome-keyring, and the gnome desktop, which packages or groups is it safe to delete? What services can I delete? Tracker is gone, but I have 248-260 tasks showing on top with just two browsers and an email client going.

I looked into deleting gnome-desktop* but it wanted to get rid of stuff like packagekit and other pieces that seem like they should not be deleted with it. I don't know enough about Fedora to know what is required.

Thank you,


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Once installed it’s almost impossible to remove the Gnome Desktop. Better reinstall Fedora using the desktop you actually want.

From what you write, I feel you may want to try starting off the netinstall image (

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-12-04 18:42:11 -0600 )edit
florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-12-04 18:45:57 -0600 )edit

Thanks guys, I will try it next time.

billwilliams gravatar imagebillwilliams ( 2018-12-05 00:30:34 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-12-04 17:39:02 -0600

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You should have chosen a lightweight Fedora Spin such as Fedora XFCE or Fedora LXDE or even better the netinstall image. If you can do a new installation I'd suggest downloading and booting with Fedora-Server-netinst-x86_64-29-1.2.iso You can choose your selection of packages. There is a minimal system option which will install a minimal selection of packages and you could add other packages as well. Choose your collection of packages during installation or install what you need afterward, as usual, with dnf.

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