Hello. What are the bare minimum packages I need to install to have a system which boots and can install other packages for itself later?
Same suggestion, although I take out things like wireless-related packages if I use a wired connection, or pcmcia stuff if it's a desktop, and so forth.
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If you don't plan on using certain filesystems other than ext2 and ext3, then you can get rid of the xfs/jfs/reiser related packages.
There are quite a few others I don't install (off the top of my head: encryption ones, RAID, mailx)