Originally Posted by ogdemster
i used centos 5. and had to install many things that i need. whats the point to use a distribution or not use them?
For me the point is ease of use. I dont't want to have to set up samba just to connect to a windows network. Even if I will only have to connect to a win network once or twice - or even more so if I only need it on occasions... same goes for lots and lots of applications.
Install a reader just for a pdf, install extra codecs for a real-media stream.
I use CentOS 5.2 right now, and it's a reasonably bloated distribution IMO. CentOS is definitely not what I'm thinking of when I say "minimalistic system"
I just don't get why people will automatically shout "GENTOO, SLACKWARE" everytime a thread like this comes up. The OP asked for a minimal install, not a source based system. The obvious answer is: use the netinstall of your favorite distribution.