Remove Gnome

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Before removing any Desktop Environment

such as Gnome, you have to keep a few things in mind:

  • Many libraries are shared with other DE's, so you don't want them to be removed.
  • Removing too much might leave your system unusable.
  • Be sure to have an alternative DM installed. (lxdm or lightdm)

That said, unless you are running out of hard drive space or have limited bandwidth for updates, There is no real harm in having Gnome installed. If you don't use it, it won't hinder performance.


For this to work, the best way of doing this is to first install a alternative Desktop Environment.

In this tutorial Gnome will be replaced with XFCE.

  1. open a console/terminal and become root. (of course you can also do this with Rigo
  2. install your alternative Desktop Environment: this can be KDE (plasma-meta), mate, etc. We're using xfce for this demonstration.
# equo install @xfce --ask

for Rigo: enter:xfce4-meta in the searchbox, select the package, and click install,

or install directly using a shortcut in the searchbox: do:install xfce4-meta accept the licence agreement.

GDM will also be removed, so install a alternative LoginManager: (in this case, i choose lightdm, it works with everything)

# equo install lightdm

Switching DMs

Remove from boot entry starting GDM:

# systemctl disable gdm.service

Now enable new LoginManager to start at boot:

# systemctl enable lightdm.service

When done, logoff, and logon again into the fresh installed Environment. (NOT Gnome)

Removing Gnome

Don't forget --nodeps

without the "--nodeps", KDE, XFCE, important libraries, and even nvidia-drivers get pulled. This can wreck your system!

So now we're logged in with XFCE.

  1. install and open your favorite terminal (except Gnome-terminal), and become root.
  2. enter following in the terminal:
# equo install gentoolkit
# equery list "*" | grep 'gnome\|evolution\|folks\|evince\|deja-dup\|brasero\|totem\|mutter\|shotwell\|eog\|cheese\|gedit\|libgdata\|geocode-glib\|gnote\|baobab\|caribou\|rhythmbox\|grilo\|libgweather\|alacarte' | xargs equo remove --nodeps
Do NOT Reboot!

Do NOT reboot until you've performed the final steps!

Final Steps

Now we need to check for possible broken dependencies and libraries that may pull something back in.

# equo deptest
# equo libtest
# equo conf update
# reboot