JP Vossen on 12 Jan 2009 22:19:30 -0800

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[PLUG] Dell Inspiron 530s w/ Ubuntu

We were talking about these at dinner after PLUG N and I forgot one of 
the issues.

I just got 2 Dell Inspiron 530 desktop with factory Ubuntu 8.04, so far 
so good with two quibbles.

1) They are not using LVM, so you can't do snapshots for backups.  (Even 
if they had LVM they would use up the entire disk, else people would 
complain about it.  But if LVM is there you can probably shrink 
something and free up space for snapshots.  I'm pretty sure LVM can't be 
added non-destructively.)

2) They had hundreds of language pack files installed, and since this is 
stock 8.04, the dist-upgrade said:
	1059 packages upgraded, 12 new, 801M archives 418MB used

Ummm, no.  There may be a better way to do it, but this seems to have 
done the trick.  I'm not 100% sure the second line is necessary, but 
better safe than sorry.
#  aptitude purge $(dpkg-query --show | egrep 
'^thunderbird-locale-|^language-support-|^language-pack' | cut -f1)
# aptitude install language-pack-en language-pack-en-base 
language-support-en language-pack-gnome-en-base language-pack-gnome-en 
language-support-translations-en language-support-writing-en

I get why Dell includes that stuff, but it would be nice if they had an 
easy way to trim it down (like localepurge) prior to updating hundreds 
of files you will never use.

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