I want to install a 64bit version of Linux Mint 11 LXDE. It seems as though I should be able to easily install it on top of Ubuntu-minimal if I knew the correct meta package(s).

  1. Install Ubuntu-minimal x64
  2. Add Linux Mint repos to sources.list
  3. Install Linux Mint LXDE meta package with ignore recommendations (similar to Ubuntu-desktop)

I've done this before with Ubuntu-desktop and Lubuntu-desktop.

How can I get a list of meta-packages or a package dependency tree?

"Linux Mint 11 LXDE" is a distribution in and of itself. http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1793

It's the Lubuntu to Linux Mint. I am trying to replicate this distribution by installing it on top of Ubuntu-minimal, which is way different than installing LXDE on top of either Linux Mint or Ubuntu.

Update: I tried to take all the packages marked as manual in Linux Mint 32 and installed them on Ubuntu-minimal. This seemed to work fine, and I seem to have a Linux Mint install, except upstart now hangs at "Checking Battery Status", which seems to be a common issue that people have when upgrading. It looks like I should also disable fglrx to see if it fixes it. In any case, I've since then tried using Arch Linux, but it's a lot more work and I'm not sure I am going to stick with it.

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  • Your question is very foggy. I tried to improve it, but you'd better check it's still asking the right question. – Caleb Jul 19 '11 at 10:36
  • Why fus with starting with Ubuntu then switching to Mint? Why not just install Katya and then add LXDE packages if they exist? – Caleb Jul 19 '11 at 10:37
  • For the same reason you would not want to install lxde on ubuntu to obtain lubuntu. The default packages are way different and I don't want to end up with things like pulseaudio, etc. – user606723 Jul 19 '11 at 13:48
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    If you really feel the need to cross-breed two distros in a petri-dish to get what you want, it sounds like you should be rolling your own distro, or at least starting with a much more flexible distro and creating yourself a standard package set. ArchLinux, Gentoo and PLD come to mind as much better fits for this kind of whole-system customization. They tailor to users with more specific preferences about what software to have and not have on a system. Gentoo in particular has nice exclude/include abilities. USE="-pulse +lxde". – Caleb Jul 20 '11 at 7:30
  • I'm not sure it's really cross-breeding though. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to do this as Linux Mint is ubuntu with just special add-on packages. – user606723 Jul 22 '11 at 14:23

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