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Re: Best way to get minimal system



On Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 04:05:18PM -0500, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Paul W. Frields wrote:
> >On Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 12:28:55AM +0000, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> >>On Tue, 2010-01-05 at 09:22 +1100, Chris Smart wrote:
> >>>Hi all, what's the best way to get a minimal Fedora system?
> >>What do you mean by minimal?
> >
> >If you mean just the base system kernel, libraries, and yum and its
> >dependencies, and you don't want to use kickstart to do it, you can
> >get a reasonable facsimile by installing from the netinstall ISO and
> >deselecting every package group.
> >
> >You need to do this with the "Customize selection" option, rather than
> >simply turning off the small number of extra capabilities shown on the
> >general users screen.  If you leave something selected behind the
> >scenes, its dependencies will bring in a lot of non-minimal stuff.
> >
> >The result is about 200 packages (a few hundred MB, depending on how
> >you count exactly) installed, and a text/CLI only system.  You'll need
> >to configure the network with system-config-network (since there's no
> >NetworkManager available) and then you can go to town. :-)
> >
> I think I remember a click box for "minimal system" install, which
> was a good idea for this.
> 
> Suggestion: This would be a great option to have at the start of a
> custom installation, to uncheck everything for the user, who could
> then install the minimal things needed from there. In other words,
> it would be a starting point, not "this is all I want" option.
> 
> On servers it is sometimes useful to have a few X applications to be
> run to a server on remote machines withut a local server and the tom
> of cruft that entails.

This is occasionally suggested and the fact is that the vast majority
of the small proportion of people who need that option in a graphical
installer can already do it with the text mode installer (where
minimal is the default), or use kickstart.  For the vast majority of
users it's not very useful, and potentially confusing.

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