I'm fairly sure that this piece of weirdness is peculiar to my system and not a problem with LMDE as such, but I would be very grateful for any advice, please.
Recently I've been removing some unwanted packages from my system. They are optional packages; they don't come ready installed, and as far as I can see, removing them shouldn't affect anything else on the system - but it does. After removing the two packages gnome-specimen (a font preview utility) and simple-scan (a scanning utility), the Xserver failed to load the next time I tried to boot up the computer. I went through this routine a couple more times to make sure that the removal of these packages was indeed the trigger for the failure.
Can anyone suggest what might be going on here, please? Tracking Debian Unstable, with most updates installed and only about a dozen or so Gnome-related packages pinned. There were no warnings of possible issues when I removed the two packages via Synaptic. Using the 'free' Radeon driver. Many thanks.