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that's not a bad list there... See my HOWTO to see how much can be left out. http://home.earthlink.net/~gnashley/...ix8_1howto.htm
I have a great 140-160MB install but without the /d packages.
Actually I have a list for a 20MB Slackware install! You can't do much with it, but it does illustrate what packages are absolutely essential.
This question keeps coming back again and again. Why not keep it in one thread?
BTW you might take a look at Linux From Scratch. It's a great step by step manual for compiling a complete distro from source code. Once you've gone through it, you'll have a much better understanding of what all the different packages do.