"I find it interesting that Linux hackers have by and large
conflated two or three kinds of "minimal" in their discussion of
"minimal installs" and implementations thereof. To me, "minimal"
could include any one or more of the following:
1) Minimal stuff installed on the hard drive;
2) Minimal services or other processes running; and
3) A minimal desktop, meaning, minimal stuff visible on the
"I have a laptop that I'd like to minimalize. In so doing, I do
not care about number 1. In fact, I'd like to have maximal in that
area. I have no problem with a zillion different apps installed on
my hard drive. Other than the extra strain on the menu system for a
given desktop, who cares? I have a pretty large hard drive. I can
double the size of my hard drive for very little money. I have a
screwdriver and I know how to use it."