I wonder how much troublesome could be to build a basic ISO.
I’m not referring to the so called “minimal ISO”, which only the devs are able to use, but just a minimal ISO as in the common understanding of the average-skilled users.
Ideally imho it should contain:
- all the basic packages essential to the system, including of course those useful for network connection
- the installer
- language: English only
- icewm for a minimal desktop environment
- no office stack (libreoffice, calligra, etc.) just a simple text editor similar to kate or leafpad
- no multimedia stack (VLC, cantata, etc.)
- no graphic stack (krita, karbon, etc.)
- no print stack
- maybe useful midnight commander
- maybe useful an internet browser (or maybe not)
Well, you got the idea.
Of course I may have missed something obvious. Please add or correct the above.
How much time and work would require, in turn of the benefit of being able to test a pure minimal environment.
Another advantage, imho, is that a more light weight ISO image (as in MB/GB) could be provided for download, whilst currently our ISOs became ~/+ 2.6 GB.
At the same time, it is necessary to set up -if not already available- and provide a full set of metapackages task-* in order to subsequently and intuitively install what will be needed in addition to the base.
All comments are welcome, especially by the developers (who are the main subjects that would be called to this matter, since the bulk of the initial work would fall on their shoulders).
Doable? Not doable? Worthy of further discussion?