minimal install [was Re: systemd requires HTTP server and serves QR codes]

Matthew Miller mattdm at
Mon Oct 15 19:47:51 UTC 2012

On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 03:24:09PM -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > > Total download size: 94 M
> > > Installed size: 401 M
> > Of which one quarter is the kernel and the other quarter is glibc locale
> > support, right?
> Or more:
> 122659574       kernel
> 117821428       glibc-common
> 35623360        linux-firmware
> 14233540        coreutils
> 13845828        glibc

So, if a minimal image is a very high priority, this could be shrunk.
Handwaving aside the difficulty for a moment, if the default kernel split
out some of the drivers, maybe that could get down to 60MB. Leave out
linux-firmware....  And glibc-common is almost _entirely_ locale and i18n.
Because we still want to be _Fedora_, not a tiny-linux distro, let's leave
coreutils and glibc as-is. Still, though, we've shaved off 200+ MB.

With this, the three versions of "minimal" you give come down to about:

@core + kernel:     300MB
systemd [...] yum:  240MB     20% savings
systemd + not yum:  195M      35% savings

Chew away at the dependencies and at the size of some of the other packages
(python 2to3, I'm looking at you), and we could get the middle option down
below 200MB.

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