Minimal install option (was Re: Services that can start by default policy feedback)

Larry Vaden vaden at
Mon Feb 28 04:57:39 UTC 2011

On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM, Peter Robinson <pbrobinson at> wrote:
> If it includes sendmail its not minimal enough ;-)

>From a recent default install of F14:

ps auxw | wc -l

Several of the BSDish distros achieve 30-50 as a minimal install.
e.g., on RHEL.

IMHO some thought should be given to the security of a new user who
may not be aware that it is best to harden a box behind a firewall
before presenting it to the Internet.

On some other packages, enough may be known by the install process to
know that they are not applicable.

regards/vaden at

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