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November 20th, 2008, 04:48 PM

While I was installing my ubuntu 8.10 server I noticed there is an option "minimal install".

I thought that the server install by itself was already minimal. What does this option does more than the regular Server Installation. I tried to google it but I didn't find any specs about it. Anyone care to give me some light on the issue?


November 20th, 2008, 06:13 PM
It's probably the difference between the ubuntu-standard and ubuntu-minimal meta-packages.

$ dpkg-query -W -f='\n${Package}\n${Depends}\n${Recommends}\n' ubuntu-minimal ubuntu-standard

adduser, apt, apt-utils, bzip2, console-setup, debconf, dhcp3-client, eject, gnupg, ifupdown, initramfs-tools, iproute, iputils-ping, kbd, less, locales, lsb-release, makedev, mawk, module-init-tools, net-tools, netbase, netcat, ntpdate, passwd, procps, python, startup-tasks, sudo, sysklogd, system-services, tasksel, tzdata, ubuntu-keyring, udev, upstart, upstart-compat-sysv, upstart-logd, vim-tiny, whiptail

aptitude, at, cpio, cron, dmidecode, dnsutils, dosfstools, ed, file, ftp, hdparm, info, iptables, logrotate, lshw, lsof, ltrace, man-db, memtest86+, mime-support, nano, parted, pciutils, popularity-contest, psmisc, rsync, strace, time, usbutils, w3m, wget
apparmor-utils, bash-completion, command-not-found, friendly-recovery, iputils-arping, iputils-tracepath, manpages, mlocate, mtr-tiny, ntfs-3g, openssh-client, ppp, pppconfig, pppoeconf, reiserfsprogs, tcpdump, telnet, ufw, update-manager-core, uuid-runtime

November 20th, 2008, 06:17 PM
The minimal install is very popular with people who like to build minimal Ubuntu with a lightweight windows manager (openbox, icewm, etc) and a few applications of their choice, and who don't have server-related needs.

November 21st, 2008, 10:47 AM
But how come it's an option on the server install cd if it's not thinked for servers services?

November 21st, 2008, 03:35 PM
But how come it's an option on the server install cd if it's not thinked for servers services?

not thinked?

The minimal install just excludes tools that aren't necessary, but could be useful. For example: nano, dnsutils, and wget.

November 21st, 2008, 03:50 PM
But how come it's an option on the server install cd if it's not thinked for servers services?

Because it is good, and it offers options, not all servers service the same services :D
You might setup a gateway/ firewall, for instance, and in that case, you'll want to have the least amount of "things" (not only running, but also installed) on the box (the more you have packages installed, the more time it will to take to update and patch (specially on older hardware), and the more risks that a bug in one of those packages might compromise the whole box)