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Re: 2009-04-21 - Fedora Test Day - Minimal platform

Peter Robinson wrote, On 04/21/2009 10:19 PM:
Greetings testers,

Calling all package gurus and dependency junkies!  The Fedora 11
MinimalPlatform feature [1] aims to provide a tiny installation package
set by identifying unwanted deps from @Core and related groups.  As
described in the feature page, the benefits to Fedora include:

     * Security - lower the attack surface by installing only necessary
     * Performance - faster installation and less running services
     * Storage - installation is less than 500MB

There will also be several new tools available to help navigate
dependencies, including rpmreaper and rpm2comps.
Come join #fedora-qa this Tuesday, April 21 2009 to help put an end to
deps creep.  Test cases and a Fedora live image will be available to aid
testing. Stay tuned for more details are available at


[1] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/MinimalPlatform

Join us today, we have lot of work to do :)

Side goal of this event is also to open discussion and as an output improve
set of best practices how to handle with dependencies and subpackages. This
is partly defined in packaging guidelines, but just for -doc -static -devel.
I might be beneficial to implement wider and stricter rules.
Ideally if some rpmlint plugin can check whether the srpm is correctly
divided into subpackages.

This is great news. I started filing tickets to reduce/split out deps
when I started looking at doing a "Fedora Mini" spin for netbooks and
the like to be able to install a usable desktop env in 2Gb (the
smallest size of the SSD on some netbooks) but have since got
sidetracked helping out the OLPC project with similar sort of stuff.

Is there also a tracker bug to link reported bugs against?

Wasn't, but it is good idea! If you like, please link them in following tracker: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=496977

Originally we used keyword in QE Whiteboard: MinimalPlatform.


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