I have a small script the guts the system of all the fluff I do not need.
These days I use the minimal ISO and install from the repos what I need. So
much better. My root partitions is currently 2Gb with the desktop + web
browse + vlc + transmission + pidgin + some plugins. Bliss [?]

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM, Glen Bizeau <gbiz...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I agree,
>
> Keep it small and lean, and apt-get anything you need.
>
> The one question I think needs to be answered is " Are we making a
> distro for newbies?"
>
> If we are then you will need a bunch of standard default apps... If
> not, which I think in my personal experience with Linux and LXDE, this
> will probably only be attractive to the more experienced user, who
> like myself ends up uninstalling all the crap that comes with Ubuntu
> anyway....I think it should be mean and lean and if you want
> something, go fetch it.
>
> Synaptic should be front and center though, is a launcher so it's easy
> ti find. And maybe a desktop document on the default install
> explaining about the distro and why it is what it is, and how to get
> software.
>
> my two-cents
>
> Glen
>
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:15 PM, Andrew
> Woodhead<andrew.woodhead...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> > This is kinda surplus, the system is still ubuntu based so the standard
> > repos can be used to install apps if they are needed.
> > If the OS is going to be as it says below, you may as well install a
> minimal
> > install then have a gui to select apps which can then be installed off
> the
> > repos. This however isn't the case, we are trying to make a smalland
> > efficient distro with a decent amount of functionality without bloating
> the
> > system with the likes of evolution, openoffice and firefox. These are
> fully
> > installable once the installation has completed but the initial base
> system
> > should be slick and quick
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:14 AM, C David Rigby <c.david.ri...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> On Mon, 2009-06-29 at 18:40 +0100, Ed Hewitt and several others wrote:
> >>
> >> <discussion of "keep it light" or "feature complete" elided>
> >>
> >> Restating the obvious, but the engineering trade off is always between
> >> "ease of use/fully featured" on the one hand and lightweight on the
> >> other. The necessary criterion is to decide what we really want to
> >> build, and make it unique and useful enough to attract interest.
> >>
> >> I've proposed it before, but I'll say it again as more people are on the
> >> list now (sorry that I've missed the IRC meetings for the last two weeks
> >> where the app mix has been the topic of discussion). How about the
> >> possibility of a very slim base install with the installer offering
> >> "bundles" to meet individual needs and desires? Something like the
> >> FreeBSD or Debian text installers comes to mind.
> >>
> >> The base installation would be just a command-line, network-capable
> >> system plus enough of X to get LXDE operational. We would be pushing the
> >> real work to the installer. The installer, whether text-based or
> >> grahpical, would need to provide a lot of choices of bundles to
> >> install.
> >>
> >> More importantly, I think the installer should provide something I have
> >> yet to see. That something is extensive documentation of the choices of
> >> bundles of applications, and what they mean in terms of system
> >> performance vs features. It should be organized so that a savvy user
> >> could bypass the explanations (or load a jumpstart script), but a novice
> >> would get a detailed explanation of what the choices are and what they
> >> mean for the final installed system.
> >>
> >> My $0.02.
> >>
> >> Cheers
> >> C David Rigby
> >>
> >>
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