I installed a few DE’s on that Toshiba hybrid graphic laptop because bumblebee would not work with it, and I with the help of several experienced users here got a couple that do work well.
I kept Xfce and Cinnamon(for now),and will look at Enlightenment(because it is touted as fast).
My question is about getting rid of the ‘dross’ left over after I uninstalled the ones I did not want via YaST.
Is there and easier way than going through each DE to find out what it installs, and removing them manually?
For what definition of “much” do such as KDE and Gnome not take up much?
On a minimal system with only IceWM, I did
zypper -v in patterns-gnome*
and zypper announced 331.3 MiB would be used by 314 new packages. Same thing with patterns-kde* announced 629.4 MiB would be used by 319 new packages. No matter how much space is free on /, I do not consider those sizes or package counts to be “not much”.
Don’t forget, you get to wait on updates processes and consume bandwith for installed software whether you use it or not.