Linux: How to Remove GNOME from a Debian Install

This article describes how to remove the Gnome desktop environment from a Debian install.

Sometimes, unless you run the gauntlet of Expert Install (which is unnecessary if all you want is a general purpose, vanilla machine) then the Gnome desktop will be automatically installed from the installation DVD.

The following commands will remove it (and free up about 1GB disk space!):

# sudo apt-get autoremove gdm3

# sudo apt-get autoremove --purge gnome*

# reboot