I am currently using Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. Nothing unusual, just the main download available when one goes to the Mint website. (I can update to the latest 18.2, if that is needed.)

This is what I want to do:

  1. install icewm
  2. make it the default/only windows manager
  3. remove ALL of what I do not need anymore

Any answers for EITHER removing package no longer used after I switch to icewm OR removing any default Mint/Ubuntu packages a developer doesn't need would be appreciated.

  • Can you clarify what you mean by "all of what you do not need any more"? Only other window managers? Or any other optional software?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jul 12, 2017 at 21:37
  • Well, I'm mostly concerned with mem usage while running. But to answer your question more directly, I want to clean up by uninstalling packages that were being used by the default Cinnamon setup, but are no longer being used after switching to icewm. Jul 12, 2017 at 21:41
  • But you have me a great idea. If you know a good way to quickly remove unused optional software from the default Mint install (all I do is code and use a web browser), that would be swell. Jul 12, 2017 at 21:42
  • Best to update your question with the clarifications so that current and future answerers have good information to go on.
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jul 12, 2017 at 21:47
  • "remove ALL of what I do not need anymore" how are we supposed to know what you do or don't need?
    – roaima
    Jul 12, 2017 at 22:20

1 Answer 1


Install icewm, set it as x-session-manager (via update-alternative), maybe install slim as very slim and simple graphical login manager (to also get rid of the former one, but mdm or LightDm are surely not too blown up). You might also want to install spacefm/pcmanfm/rox, which each will provide a possibility for having a desktop (xfdesktop4 should also work fine), and search the net for a copy of IcePref for a settings GUI.

Then do apt-get remove --purge *cinnamon* to get rid of all old cinnamon stuff. An apropos "window manager" can help you find more old stuff which you maybe installed

  • Thanks for the great answer! Sounds like I got all I need. I'll try it and get back to you. Jul 12, 2017 at 21:43

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