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Old 09-06-2010, 09:42 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by gnashley View Post
Slax-Dude, that's a very nice list there. It's the closest I've seen to a really minimal install since the one I used to have for slackware-9.1. the trouble with most minimal install package lists is in the fine print of what the authors' idea of 'minimal' is. Like you, I tried to pare the concept down as far as possible -bootable, with login being the most minimal of all(always using full packages instead of cut down ones). Of course extendability and minimal network capability are the next step. Beyond that, the term minimal doesn't really apply any more IMHO. It's a great learning exercise to produce such a list.
Thx for your nice comments

I totally agree that a minimal system should not use cut down packages, or it's not Slackware any more.

The beauty of my minimal install is that once you uncomment a mirror in /etc/slackpkg/mirror then it is fairly trivial to expand it to your needs:

This will install apache + mysql + php
slackpkg update
cd /etc/slackpkg/templates/
slackpkg install-template LAMP-server

This will install ALL packages, giving you a full install of Slackware
slackpkg update
slackpkg install slackware
Or anything in between

I also have a post on how to expand Slackware minimal install to support wordpress (which is what I used to build my site).

My goal is, eventually and with the help of any interested slackware users, build a repository of slackpkg templates which will expand the the minimal install.
It would be very nice if you could, easily, have a Slackware Fluxbox minimal install, or a Slackware XFCE minimal install, or even a Slackware qemu-kvm minimal install.

How cool would that be?
Old 09-06-2010, 10:20 AM   #17
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How cool would that be? Very... The next tricky level to reach is a minimal installation with X -again keeping in mind the most minimal list possible -in order to be fair you should probably include twm. There is a fairly recent thread with some good pointers.


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