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[openFATE 319627] Minimal KDE and GNOME installation option
Feature changed by: Anonymous Anonymous (wtsch)
Feature #319627, revision 2
Title: Minimal KDE and GNOME installation option

openSUSE Distribution: Unconfirmed
Requester: Mandatory

Requested by: Arnold Mesper (amesper)
Partner organization:

The installer must provide an option to install a minimal KDE and a
minimal GNOME desktop in addition to the current KDE and GNOME desktop
options, which install a lot of software. A minimal GNOME desktop
should, for example, only install the software necessary to boot the
system, login into GNOME and the GNOME shell. In addition it should
include drivers only for hardware that is available on the system and
corresponding configuration software (e.g. network manager if network
card is installed) and the package manager in order to install
additional software as required either from DVD or via internet. It
must also include and enable security software (e.g. AppArmor,
Firewall), thus the system is secured from the beginning. What a
minimal GNOME desktop should not have: - hardware drivers for hardware
that is not available (e.g. bluetooth) or has been disabled in the BIOS
(e.g. WLAN, web cam, etc.) - software that can be easily installed
afterwards (e.g. office suite, web browser, e-mail client, chat client,
terminals, file managers, text editors, character maps, etc.) -
software which is not intended for a minimal desktop (e.g. server
software, development software) - Java, Flash
There is also a grey zone of software, that might be useful, but should
not be mandatory part of a minimal install (e.g. Avahi). Here the user
should be shown with a list of software recommendations (with
description) during the installation, which he must explicitly enable
to be installed.

Use Case:
Use Case 1: Install a clean GNOME or a clean KDE desktop as a host for
virtual machines. After installing the minimal desktop, the user only
needs to install VirtualBox.
Use Case 2: Install a clean GNOME or a clean KDE desktop as a virtual
machine guest and install the required software afterwards. E.g. easily
install a web browser VM or a mail client VM or an office VM.

Business case (Partner benefit): For novice users the current desktop options full with
software are good choice as they do not need to think about what to
install. For expert users the openSUSE has the wonderful possibility to
customize the system to be installed by selecting / deselecting
software. I think this is the biggest plus of openSUSE in comparison to
other distributions.
But what is lacking is an interim solution for advanced users, that
only want to install a clean KDE or GNOME desktop and decide on what
additional software to install afterwards. This is especially when
working with virtual machines, it is very useful to have an option to
install a clean desktop without much effort.

+ Discussion:
+ #1: Anonymous Anonymous (wtsch) (2016-09-21 10:23:26)
+ Damn! I wait for this feature a long time. May be like KDE Neon for
+ KDE, and like Antegros for Gnome

openSUSE Feature:

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