"While it is true, that the gnome-desktop-environment meta
package (installs a basic GNOME desktop) is used by much more users
than the gnome meta package (installs a complete GNOME desktop)
itself, it is not true, that debian-installer (d-i) will install
the gnome-desktop-environment package. Well, it is no longer true,
but since Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 aka "Lenny" the gnome package will
"And things start to get a bit more complex: So, d-i will
install the "install everything" gnome package by now (and will do
so in the future). And this very package used to recommend tomboy.
A recommends is a kind of weak dependency; if available (and this
feature isn't turned of by the user) a recommended package will be
automatically installed. But in contrast to a real dependency,
there is no problem in removing a recommended package later."
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