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And I'd like to get this list directly and if possible from an external source (maybe repositories?).

Almost all one-liners I have found didn't work for me. So I hope there is an indicator somewhere that denotes packages as "preinstalled".

PS: I don't want to run a clean installation in a VM.

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Would you mind fetching the contents from a Live CD directly? – Lekensteyn Jun 22 '11 at 17:45
I found the list mikewhatever posted on the CD too but, you know, I don't always have a CD ;) – dAnjou Jun 22 '11 at 23:17

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Every *buntu release has a .manifest or .list file that lists preinstalled packages. This file is located online.

For example:

Lubuntu 15.10 64bit ➜

Ubuntu 14.04.3 32bit ➜

Ubuntu 12.04.1 32bit ➜

...and so on.

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Awesome, thanks! – dAnjou Jun 22 '11 at 23:12
I've compared the Kubuntu CD contents with a fresh installation inside VBox, and it seems that the contents match a Live CD, not an actual installation (e.g. the installer, ubiquity, is included in Mike's list) – Lekensteyn Jun 23 '11 at 8:34
That's probably true. The ubiquity, ntfsprogs and unused locales are removed at the end of the installation. – mikewhatever Jun 26 '11 at 21:53

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