Some excellent links guys, I appreciate the feedback
This was one of my many new to Unix/ Linux questions that would pop into my head from time to time and I thought that it would probably be cool if there were an easily available list of the "ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY" packages to get Linux up and running on an x86 box. Also, along with that list, a corresponding explanation per package describing why the said app is a part of the foundation as well as alias packages, or better yet substitute app's that might be used instead of the original app in question.
This to me, would seem like a great starting or referrence point for a
or even advanced users alike, to gain a better understanding of what really makes Linux an Operating System and not just a kernel with some packages
Btw cs-cam, in referrence to LFS, I know exactly what you mean
. That sure is quite a bit of info to digest