[CentOS-devel] how minimal is a minimal too minimal

Wed Mar 19 17:27:19 UTC 2014
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM, Jeff Sheltren <jeff at tag1consulting.com> wrote:
> Related questions we struggle with in Fedora: what about i18n and docs? If
> no docs, docs at all, not even man pages?
> "No docs at all" makes a lot of sense to me if we're going for truly
> minimal.  The main issue I see with that is making end-users aware that they
> better know what they're doing if they're installing this version.

Normally when you install a minimal version you already have a plan
for what you will do next.  In my case I want the least possible user
intervention (or network infrastructure support) to get a system to
the point where I can ssh in and complete the setup because people in
remote locations that are more familiar with other OS's may have to do
it.  I'd prefer for sshd and yum to work and to have openssh-clients
and rsync installed, but it wouldn't be a showstopper if it took an
extra scripted step to get yum going.   I'd gladly trade that for an
easier way to do the initial network setup when you have multiple NICs
and no DHCP (like showing you the one(s) with link up).

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com