First blog post in a LONG time , but I guess that as I am using it now , it must have some use.
This is mainly a reminder to myself so that I can roll back after trying out various applications and desktop environments .
As Thunderbird (email) and Lightning (calendar) were becoming unstable for me ( + the fact that Thunderbirds days are numbered) I decided to look at alternatives .
The native choice on plasma would be KDE’s Korganizer and Kmail which after trying for a couple of weeks I realised were basically rubbish (oh yes they are!) as they were unstable and did not theme nicely as the other KDE/Plasma5 applications
after looking at other options I decided to switch to using Evolution as my email and Gnome-Calendar as my… calendar ( yes there are lots of gnome dependencies and you need gnome-control-center too for Oauth2 on gmail accounts) , despite being Gnome apps , Plasma5 themes them nicely and garnishes them with matching window title bars ( and they look more native than Kmail and Korganizer).
This peaked my attention – the fact that Gnome apps were as good as this , so I thought “lets try Gnome”, having been burned in the past ( the fact that EVERY time I try the Gnome3 DE that I get frustrated as to how user unfriendly it is)
So prior to doing anything else did the following
pacman -Qnq > before.txt
Then installed the remaining part of the Gnome3 environment with
sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-tweak-tool
which installed the Gnome3 environment, which I really wanted to get configured and even after about 3 hours , was no where near
Once again Gnome3 proved to be a ghastly experience (for me) , even with the gnome-tweak-tool.
I will say that I like a traditional desktop which Gnome3 most certainly is not.
Having decided to ditch Gnome3 but keep the part of Gnome I was happy with ( Evolution and Gnome-Calendar) I did the following to make a list of the then -installed applications
pacman -Qnq > after.txt
Now all I needed to do extract the differences between before.txt and after.txt to create appstoberemoved.txt
comm -13 <(sort before.txt) <(sort after.txt) > appstoberemoved.txt
and then use pacman to remove them and any other unneeded packages
sudo pacman -Rnu – < appstoberemoved.txt
once completed , I was left as if the installation of Gnome3 was like a bad dream.
Hope this helps others as it helped me.