only critical packages in minimal installation

Rodolfo J. Paiz rpaiz at
Wed Jun 2 17:19:27 UTC 2004

At 07:38 5/28/2004, William Hooper wrote:
>Michael said:
> > This is pretty high on my b**** list. Couldn't we see some work done on
> > creating a real minimal install?
>Sure, get to work.

About 15 of us already did: please see the archives of the "fedora-minimal" 
list on my server at

You can also see a brief description of the results in the initial sections 
of my alpha-stage "Small Netserver HOWTO" document [1], which I can never 
seem to get quite finished. The short version of the story is that we 
managed to knock down FC1 to about 385MB of disk space without losing *any* 
real functionality. Text mode only, of course. If we had access to some 
choices like leaving the documentation out of many packages, we could 
probably get close to 300MB.

The fedora-minimal list has almost zero traffic, but there are still about 
20 people subscribed to it and more are welcome. We're always happy to 
continue working on this issue as well as to reactivate it for FC2 which 
seems to take up slightly more space.

[1] See


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