Is there any way to install debian with preinstalled xfce DE without having to install gnome?
Debian has an Xfce 'spin' for download on its mirrors. I use it but haven't checked carefully to see if it contains any Gnome dependencies. Because I like gedit and gcalctool, I install these on top of Debian Xfce, and they bring in a few.
I've personally used the Debian full Xfce installation CD many times, to install Xfce without having to install gnome.
There are many Debian download pages -- navigate to the appropriate one for you, depending on what protocol you want to use to download, whether you want a CD or DVD, whether you want 64-bit or 32-bit, etc., etc., etc., etc.
Then download the appropriate one that is listed as the Xfce installation media -- for example, the one I've used the most is the 32-bit Xfce CD media, called debian-7.2.0-i386-xfce-CD-1.iso.
For those who have a fast Internet connection (I don't), I think it's also possible to download the smaller "NetInstall" media, and use it to install Xfce, but I haven't done that in years, so I can't give you any advice on how to do it.
Last edited by ComputerBob (2013-11-27 18:38:49)
In the debian net-installer, it is possible to choose XFCE at the time of installation. Just the choose the menu "Alternative Desktop Environments" under, I think, Advanced options. This should also be the case with DVD installation image.