I'd like to install ubuntu-desktop on the server edition of Ubuntu 4.04 LST. The default installation is bloated, with too many packages in it. So I tried this:
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop
This however, installed a desktop version with nothing on it at all. Not even a power button on the upper taskbar, or a way to configure networking on the desktop, or a disk usage utility.
Is there a reasonable installation option, made for humans who just want a complete desktop installation with no extra software like OpenOffice or Thunderbird?
I could not find a way to get a complete OS installed without all the other stuff that I don't need..
If not, then how can I know which packages to install to get these basic features into the minimal desktop? Searching on the dash gave me nothing other than online pages.