Even better - go for Linux from Scratch, or Gentoo, or even the Ubuntu minimal disc or INX. As for your original question, maybe, maybe not. Some will be deeply involved in the workings of the system, others will be theme packages.
If you have a question that has been answered and solved, then please edit your original post and put a [SOLVED] at the end of your subject header
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