Purge Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop

Frequently I use Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop as a virtual machine for working with a completely virgin Python development environment. Right after initial installation, I typically remove a lot of the things Cannocial tosses on there to make it a really nifty and cute desktop environment for people wanting this type of thing. This morning on my new work laptop I did not have the virtual machine I typically use, so I set up a new one and finally figured out a little faster way to get the initial first few things set up, installing Chrome and uninstalling the office and messenger applications.

Installing Chrome

Thank you to NixCraft for this one.

  1. Download the Chrome deb file fromĀ https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
  2. Install Chrome from the command line
    $ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
  3. The install will ultimately fail. Resolve the dependencies using this command.
    $ sudo apt-get -f install
  4. Open Chrome and lock it to the launcher

Take Out The Trash

Next is getting rid of all the stuff I do not want on the system. This is pretty easy using apt-get.

sudo apt-get purge "gwibber." ".firefox." "indicator-messages"

Yes, there are likely other packages I could toss out, but this at least gets rid of the stuff I do not immediately want. If you know of more, please feel free to comment below and help this list out.