I have read Which minimal but extendable Linux distribution to choose but I'm using the word minimal in a slightly different sense: processes run at startup, not memory/disk space taken by the distribution itself.

I'm in the process of installing Fedora 24. After I install and reboot, there are close to 100 processes running, not including the bracketed process like '[kworker/6:1]' which I assume are magic and don't count.

Keep in mind, these are the processes running BEFORE I've installed anything using dnf or before I've made any changes to the system. Once I start adding packages and configuring the system, it gets worse.

I've tried to kill/stop/disable as many services as possible (see https://github.com/barrycarter/bcapps/blob/master/FEDORA), but I sense I'm on entirely the wrong track.

What minimal Linux distribution installs with the fewest processes running but still has a large dnf/yum/apt repository so I can install pretty much anything I want. In Fedora 24, for example, I do this (you do need to install a couple of repos to get this working):

sudo dnf -y install --allowerasing --best ImageMagick OpenThreads 
PySolFC SDL-devel alpine aspell audacity bind c++-gtk-utils-gtk2-devel 
community-mysql community-mysql-server dosbox dosemu elinks emacs 
enscript esniper expect feh ffmpeg ftp fuse-encfs fvwm gd-devel 
getmail glade glade-devel gnumeric gnuplot gpm graphviz 
gtk+extra-devel gtk2-devel gtk3-devel html2ps lynx mencoder parallel 
mplayer mrtg nagios-plugins nano ncftp openrdate perl-CPAN php-mysqlnd 
pidgin postgresql postgresql-server qgis qhull rdesktop recoll rsyslog 
rxvt samba screen snownews stella stellarium tcsh tigervnc tk unrtf 
util-linux-user vice vlc xdotool xemacs xemacs-packages-extra-el 
xinetd xorg-x11-apps xpdf xsane xteddy xterm xv yum yum-utils 
zlib-devel zlib-static mod_ldap tor tor-arm-gui tor-arm onionshare 
privoxy recordmydesktop tmpwatch esmtp-local-delivery sendmail 
sendmail-cf fuse-sshfs fuse-zip fuse-encfs curlftpfs bindfs xcalc 
libpuzzle libpuzzle-devel pyephem python2-astropy python3-astropy erfa 
libnova ast R sagemath-notebook nmap p7zip "perl-Digest-*" 
"perl-Date-*" "perl-DateTime-*" "perl-Text-*" "perl-MIME-*" 
"perl-Math-*" "perl-Data-*" "perl-JSON-*" "perl-Algorithm-*" 
"perl-DBI-*" "perl-DB_File" "perl-File-*" "perl-Net-*" "perl-Number-*" 
"perl-Getopt-*" "perl-GD" "perl-HTML-*" "perl-HTTP-*" "perl-IO-*" 
lucene "perl-LWP-*" "perl-Inline" "perl-Inline-*" perl-OpenGL 
perl-utf8-all "perl-B-*" "perl-IPC-*" perl-Imager "perl-Flickr-*" 

(note that the above is all one line, I just added newlines to make it more readable).

and that's just for starters. With the possible exception of the Perl modules (which I believe should be handled by cpan), I want a distro whose repo has at least the above, and hopefully much more.

I'm currently using Fedora Core 11, so I prefer commands like yum and rpm, but am willing to switch if needed.

Just to clarify, I'm not looking for a command-line-only system. I do want to run X11 and fvwm2, but not the jillions of things Fedora 24 runs by default (I can provide a list on request).

I considered installing Fedora Cloud (https://getfedora.org/en/atomic/), but it appears to be specific to cloud environments and I wasn't sure if it was "real" Fedora that would work with Fedora 24 and compatible repositories.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Thomas Dickey, jasonwryan, techraf, countermode, HalosGhost Nov 27 '16 at 23:30

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  • I believe my definition of minimal (count of nonbracketed processes after installtion) and large repository (I actually list the programs I want) is sufficient to make this a well-defined question, not an opinion-based one. – barrycarter Nov 27 '16 at 23:49

I think you're failing to distinguish between a base install and a desktop install of a Linux distribution.

I'm not very familiar with Fedora, but, if I want a minimal Ubuntu installation, I use the debootstrap tool to install only "base" packages by default (basically, this includes whatever you need to run the package manager itself). Then I can add whatever additional packages I want with apt-get.

By default, it won't even be bootable unless you install a package that provides linux, such as linux-image-generic. I'd imagine Fedora has a way to start with a base install as well.

  • My method of installation is to down the "distribution' to a USB stick and boot from the stick. I haven't found any way to tell the installer for Fedora or CentOS to say "minimal install please". It's possible that booting off the USB stick to install is not the ideal way to do this. – barrycarter Nov 27 '16 at 23:48

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