sudo apt-get purge --remove gnome-shell gnome-core gnome-session gdm3But it could eat your pets, therefore look what it wants to remove additionally and maybe reinstall some of the removed packages.
I am new to Linux so I've installed all desktop environments on F16 to give them a spin, following instructions on Missing Box studio.
After a while I settled on KDE, so I tried to remove the other DEs completely.
However, I noticed I still have a bunch of gnome packages on my computer.
'sudo yum remove gnome*'
More knowledgeable people warned it will leave me with a broken system becaus
I loaded Gnome Desktop to my wife's laptop. She didn't like it so continued to boot in Unity. However, suddenly Unity doesn't display the items on the desktop (she doesn't keep a clean-desktop) even though all the items are still in the Desktop folder.
I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome 3. There are some applications that I don't use or need, for example Totem. When I click remove in the Software Center (or in Synaptic), it says "gnome-core" and/or "The gnome desktop environment - essential components" will be removed as well.