asciiman wrote:Thanks Fraoch for the great help.
Yes, I explored Synaptic, searching KDE and found quite a few. Some show as installed [green box], others show an exclamation point [!] in the box. I am not sure I understand this latter symbol.
These are packages with upgrades. They're the 52 packages you indicate apt-get wants to upgrade. You can confirm this by sorting by Status (click on the "Status" box), then selecting "Installed (upgradeable)".
Also the gold star... what does that mean?
I believe these are core packages installed by default. Removing them may remove other core packages and badly break your installation.
So then, will Synamptic tell me what applications/services these pkgs are supporting?
Kind of - you have to do some detective work by looking in the descriptions. Take a look at the screenshot I posted, those packages are for a standard Cinnamon install with no KDE dependencies. What ones do you have in addition to this? Do their descriptions indicate they merely interact or interface with KDE or do they indicate they're a KDE program?
You can also find dependencies by selecting a package, then in the Synaptic menu - Package - Properties - Dependencies tab. One of your installed programs has KDE dependencies.