Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS bare essential packages

Asked by Adam Weremczuk


This is a continuation of my earlier thread:


I'm trying to install the server in a bare minimum mode.

Unfortunately by default it comes with around 350 packages installed.

It includes e.g. ftp, wireless and other stuff that I'm never going to use.

Do I really need python and perl (this server is going to run java and tomcat)?

Fortunately there was an option of customizing this.

I managed to trim it down a little bit but struggled with dependencies and in many cases simply wasn't sure about stuff.

Could somebody please advise which of them are really essential for the server to boot to a usable state with remote control (ssh)?

So I can just add packages remotely only when I need them.

Below is a full list of the base install packages (dpkg --list):

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|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Description
ii adduser 3.112ubuntu1 add and remove users and groups
ii apparmor 2.5-0ubuntu3 User-space parser utility for AppArmor
ii apparmor-utils 2.5-0ubuntu3 Utilities for controlling AppArmor
ii apport 1.13.3-0ubuntu2 automatically generate crash reports for deb
ii apport-symptoms 0.9 symptom scripts for apport
ii apt Advanced front-end for dpkg
ii apt-transport-https APT https transport
ii apt-utils APT utility programs
ii aptitude terminal-based package manager
ii at 3.1.11-1ubuntu5 Delayed job execution and batch processing
ii base-files 5.0.0ubuntu20.10.04.2 Debian base system miscellaneous files
ii base-passwd 3.5.22 Debian base system master password and group
ii bash 4.1-2ubuntu3 The GNU Bourne Again SHell
ii bash-completion 1:1.1-3ubuntu2 programmable completion for the bash shell
ii bind9-host 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 Version of 'host' bundled with BIND 9.X
ii bsdmainutils 8.0.1ubuntu1 collection of more utilities from FreeBSD
ii bsdutils 1:2.17.2-0ubuntu1 Basic utilities from 4.4BSD-Lite
ii busybox-initramfs 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11 Standalone shell setup for initramfs
ii busybox-static 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11 Standalone rescue shell with tons of builtin
ii byobu 2.68-0ubuntu1.1 a set of useful profiles and a profile-switc
ii bzip2 1.0.5-4 high-quality block-sorting file compressor -
ii ca-certificates 20090814 Common CA certificates
ii command-not-found 0.2.40ubuntu5 Suggest installation of packages in interact
ii command-not-found-data 0.2.40ubuntu5 Set of data files for command-not-found.
ii console-setup 1.34ubuntu15 console font and keymap setup program
ii console-terminus 4.30-2 Fixed-width fonts for fast reading on the Li
ii coreutils 7.4-2ubuntu2 The GNU core utilities
ii cpio 2.10-1ubuntu2 GNU cpio -- a program to manage archives of
ii cpp 4:4.4.3-1ubuntu1 The GNU C preprocessor (cpp)
ii cpp-4.4 4.4.3-4ubuntu5 The GNU C preprocessor
ii cpu-checker 0.1-0ubuntu2 tools to help evaluate certain CPU (or BIOS)
ii cron 3.0pl1-106ubuntu5 process scheduling daemon
ii dash POSIX-compliant shell
ii debconf 1.5.28ubuntu4 Debian configuration management system
ii debconf-i18n 1.5.28ubuntu4 full internationalization support for debcon
ii debianutils 3.2.2 Miscellaneous utilities specific to Debian
ii dhcp3-client 3.1.3-2ubuntu3 DHCP client
ii dhcp3-common 3.1.3-2ubuntu3 common files used by all the dhcp3* packages
ii diffutils 1:2.8.1-18 File comparison utilities
ii dmidecode 2.9-1.2 Dump Desktop Management Interface data
ii dmsetup 2:1.02.39-1ubuntu4 The Linux Kernel Device Mapper userspace lib
ii dnsutils 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 Clients provided with BIND
ii dosfstools 3.0.7-1 utilities for making and checking MS-DOS FAT
ii dpkg Debian package management system
ii e2fslibs 1.41.11-1ubuntu2 ext2/ext3/ext4 file system libraries
ii e2fsprogs 1.41.11-1ubuntu2 ext2/ext3/ext4 file system utilities
ii ed 1.4-1build1 The classic UNIX line editor
ii eject 2.1.5+deb1+cvs20081104-7 ejects CDs and operates CD-Changers under Li
ii file 5.03-5ubuntu1 Determines file type using "magic" numbers
ii findutils 4.4.2-1ubuntu1 utilities for finding files--find, xargs
ii friendly-recovery 0.2.10 Make recovery more user-friendly
ii ftp 0.17-19build1 The FTP client
ii fuse-utils 2.8.1-1.1ubuntu2 Filesystem in USErspace (utilities)
ii gcc-4.4-base 4.4.3-4ubuntu5 The GNU Compiler Collection (base package)
ii geoip-database 1.4.6.dfsg-17 IP lookup command line tools that use the Ge
ii gettext-base 0.17-8ubuntu3 GNU Internationalization utilities for the b
ii gnupg 1.4.10-2ubuntu1 GNU privacy guard - a free PGP replacement
ii gnupg-curl 1.4.10-2ubuntu1 GNU privacy guard - a free PGP replacement (
ii gpgv 1.4.10-2ubuntu1 GNU privacy guard - signature verification t
ii grep 2.5.4-4build1 GNU grep, egrep and fgrep
ii groff-base 1.20.1-7 GNU troff text-formatting system (base syste
ii grub-common 1.98-1ubuntu7 GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (common
ii grub-pc 1.98-1ubuntu7 GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (PC/BIOS
ii gzip 1.3.12-9ubuntu1 GNU compression utilities
ii hdparm 9.15-1ubuntu9 tune hard disk parameters for high performan
ii hostname 3.03ubuntu1 utility to set/show the host name or domain
ii ifupdown 0.6.8ubuntu29 high level tools to configure network interf
ii info 4.13a.dfsg.1-5ubuntu1 Standalone GNU Info documentation browser
ii initramfs-tools 0.92bubuntu78 tools for generating an initramfs
ii initramfs-tools-bin 0.92bubuntu78 binaries used by initramfs-tools
ii initscripts 2.87dsf-4ubuntu17 scripts for initializing and shutting down t
ii insserv 1.12.0-14 Tool to organize boot sequence using LSB ini
ii install-info 4.13a.dfsg.1-5ubuntu1 Manage installed documentation in info forma
ii installation-report 2.39ubuntu4 system installation report
ii iproute 20091226-1 networking and traffic control tools
ii iptables 1.4.4-2ubuntu2 administration tools for packet filtering an
ii iputils-arping 3:20071127-2ubuntu1 Tool to send ARP Requests for an IP address
ii iputils-ping 3:20071127-2ubuntu1 Tools to test the reachability of network ho
ii iputils-tracepath 3:20071127-2ubuntu1 Tools to trace the network path to a remote
ii irqbalance 0.55+20091017-3ubuntu2 Daemon to balance interrupts for SMP systems
ii iso-codes 3.12.1-1 ISO language, territory, currency, script co
ii kbd 1.15-1ubuntu3 Linux console font and keytable utilities
ii klibc-utils 1.5.17-4ubuntu1 small utilities built with klibc for early b
ii landscape-common The Landscape administration system client
ii language-pack-en 1:10.04+20100714 translation updates for language English
ii language-pack-en-base 1:10.04+20100714 translations for language English
ii language-selector-common 0.5.8 Language selector for Ubuntu Linux
ii laptop-detect 0.13.7ubuntu2 attempt to detect a laptop
ii less 436-1 pager program similar to more
ii libacl1 2.2.49-2 Access control list shared library
ii libapparmor-perl 2.5-0ubuntu3 AppArmor library Perl bindings
ii libapparmor1 2.5-0ubuntu3 changehat AppArmor library
ii libatm1 1:2.5.1-1.2 shared library for ATM (Asynchronous Transfe
ii libattr1 1:2.4.44-1 Extended attribute shared library
ii libbind9-60 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 BIND9 Shared Library used by BIND
ii libblkid1 2.17.2-0ubuntu1 block device id library
ii libbsd0 0.2.0-1 utility functions from BSD systems - shared
ii libbz2-1.0 1.0.5-4 high-quality block-sorting file compressor l
ii libc-bin 2.11.1-0ubuntu7.2 Embedded GNU C Library: Binaries
ii libc6 2.11.1-0ubuntu7.2 Embedded GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii libcap-ng0 0.6.2-4 An alternate posix capabilities library
ii libcap2 1:2.17-2ubuntu1 support for getting/setting POSIX.1e capabil
ii libclass-accessor-perl 0.34-1 Perl module that automatically generates acc
ii libcomerr2 1.41.11-1ubuntu2 common error description library
ii libcurl3-gnutls 7.19.7-1ubuntu1 Multi-protocol file transfer library (GnuTLS
ii libcwidget3 0.5.13-1ubuntu1 high-level terminal interface library for C+
ii libdb4.8 4.8.24-1ubuntu1 Berkeley v4.8 Database Libraries [runtime]
ii libdbus-1-3 1.2.16-2ubuntu4 simple interprocess messaging system
ii libdbus-glib-1-2 0.84-1 simple interprocess messaging system (GLib-b
ii libdevmapper1.02.1 2:1.02.39-1ubuntu4 The Linux Kernel Device Mapper userspace lib
ii libdns64 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 DNS Shared Library used by BIND
ii libdrm-intel1 2.4.18-1ubuntu3 Userspace interface to intel-specific kernel
ii libdrm-nouveau1 2.4.18-1ubuntu3 Userspace interface to nouveau-specific kern
ii libdrm-radeon1 2.4.18-1ubuntu3 Userspace interface to radeon-specific kerne
ii libdrm2 2.4.18-1ubuntu3 Userspace interface to kernel DRM services -
ii libedit2 2.11-20080614-1build1 BSD editline and history libraries
ii libelf1 0.143-1 library to read and write ELF files
ii libept0 0.5.30 High-level library for managing Debian packa
ii libexpat1 2.0.1-7ubuntu1 XML parsing C library - runtime library
ii libffi5 3.0.9-1 Foreign Function Interface library runtime
ii libfont-afm-perl 1.20-1 Font::AFM - Interface to Adobe Font Metrics
ii libfreetype6 2.3.11-1ubuntu2.2 FreeType 2 font engine, shared library files
ii libfribidi0 0.19.2-1 Free Implementation of the Unicode BiDi algo
ii libfuse2 2.8.1-1.1ubuntu2 Filesystem in USErspace library
ii libgc1c2 1:6.8-1.2ubuntu1 conservative garbage collector for C and C++
ii libgcc1 1:4.4.3-4ubuntu5 GCC support library
ii libgcrypt11 1.4.4-5ubuntu2 LGPL Crypto library - runtime library
ii libgdbm3 1.8.3-9 GNU dbm database routines (runtime version)
ii libgeoip1 1.4.6.dfsg-17 A non-DNS IP-to-country resolver library
ii libglib2.0-0 2.24.1-0ubuntu1 The GLib library of C routines
ii libgmp3c2 2:4.3.2+dfsg-1ubuntu1 Multiprecision arithmetic library
ii libgnutls26 2.8.5-2 the GNU TLS library - runtime library
ii libgpg-error0 1.6-1ubuntu2 library for common error values and messages
ii libgpm2 1.20.4-3.2ubuntu2 General Purpose Mouse - shared library
ii libgssapi-krb5-2 1.8.1+dfsg-2ubuntu0.2 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries - krb5 GSS-AP
ii libhtml-format-perl 2.04-2 format HTML syntax trees into text, PostScri
ii libhtml-parser-perl 3.64-1 collection of modules that parse HTML text d
ii libhtml-tagset-perl 3.20-2 Data tables pertaining to HTML
ii libhtml-tree-perl 3.23-1 represent and create HTML syntax trees
ii libidn11 1.15-2 GNU Libidn library, implementation of IETF I
ii libio-string-perl 1.08-2 Emulate IO::File interface for in-core strin
ii libisc60 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 ISC Shared Library used by BIND
ii libisccc60 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 Command Channel Library used by BIND
ii libisccfg60 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 Config File Handling Library used by BIND
ii libiw30 30~pre9-3ubuntu4 Wireless tools - library
ii libjs-jquery 1.3.3-2ubuntu1 JavaScript library for dynamic web applicati
ii libk5crypto3 1.8.1+dfsg-2ubuntu0.2 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries - Crypto Libr
ii libkeyutils1 1.2-12 Linux Key Management Utilities (library)
ii libklibc 1.5.17-4ubuntu1 minimal libc subset for use with initramfs
ii libkrb5-3 1.8.1+dfsg-2ubuntu0.2 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries
ii libkrb5support0 1.8.1+dfsg-2ubuntu0.2 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries - Support lib
ii libldap-2.4-2 2.4.21-0ubuntu5.3 OpenLDAP libraries
ii liblocale-gettext-perl 1.05-6 Using libc functions for internationalizatio
ii liblockfile1 1.08-3ubuntu1 NFS-safe locking library, includes dotlockfi
ii liblwres60 1:9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1 Lightweight Resolver Library used by BIND
ii libmagic1 5.03-5ubuntu1 File type determination library using "magic
ii libmailtools-perl 2.05-1 Manipulate email in perl programs
ii libmpfr1ldbl 2.4.2-3ubuntu1 multiple precision floating-point computatio
ii libncurses5 5.7+20090803-2ubuntu3 shared libraries for terminal handling
ii libncursesw5 5.7+20090803-2ubuntu3 shared libraries for terminal handling (wide
ii libnewt0.52 0.52.10-5ubuntu1 Not Erik's Windowing Toolkit - text mode win
ii libnih-dbus1 1.0.1-1 NIH D-Bus Bindings Library
ii libnih1 1.0.1-1 NIH Utility Library
ii libnl1 1.1-5build1 library for dealing with netlink sockets
ii libntfs-3g75 1:2010.3.6-1ubuntu1 ntfs-3g filesystem in userspace (FUSE) libra
ii libpam-modules 1.1.1-2ubuntu5 Pluggable Authentication Modules for PAM
ii libpam-runtime 1.1.1-2ubuntu5 Runtime support for the PAM library
ii libpam0g 1.1.1-2ubuntu5 Pluggable Authentication Modules library
ii libparse-debianchangelog-perl 1.1.1-2ubuntu2 parse Debian changelogs and output them in o
ii libparted0debian1 2.2-5ubuntu5.1 The GNU Parted disk partitioning shared libr
ii libpcap0.8 1.0.0-6 system interface for user-level packet captu
ii libpci3 1:3.0.0-4ubuntu17 Linux PCI Utilities (shared library)
ii libpcre3 7.8-3build1 Perl 5 Compatible Regular Expression Library
ii libpcsclite1 1.5.3-1ubuntu4.1 Middleware to access a smart card using PC/S
ii libplymouth2 0.8.2-2ubuntu2 graphical boot animation and logger - shared
ii libpng12-0 1.2.42-1ubuntu2.1 PNG library - runtime
ii libpopt0 1.15-1 lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii libpython2.6 2.6.5-1ubuntu6 Shared Python runtime library (version 2.6)
ii libreadline6 6.1-1 GNU readline and history libraries, run-time
ii librpc-xml-perl 0.72-1 Perl module implementation of XML-RPC
ii libsasl2-2 2.1.23.dfsg1-5ubuntu1 Cyrus SASL - authentication abstraction libr
ii libsasl2-modules 2.1.23.dfsg1-5ubuntu1 Cyrus SASL - pluggable authentication module
ii libselinux1 2.0.89-4 SELinux runtime shared libraries
ii libsepol1 2.0.40-2 SELinux library for manipulating binary secu
ii libsigc++-2.0-0c2a type-safe Signal Framework for C++ - runtime
ii libslang2 2.2.2-2ubuntu1 The S-Lang programming library - runtime ver
ii libsqlite3-0 3.6.22-1 SQLite 3 shared library
ii libss2 1.41.11-1ubuntu2 command-line interface parsing library
ii libssl0.9.8 0.9.8k-7ubuntu8 SSL shared libraries
ii libstdc++6 4.4.3-4ubuntu5 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii libsub-name-perl 0.04-1build1 Assigns a new name to referenced sub
ii libtasn1-3 2.4-1 Manage ASN.1 structures (runtime)
ii libterm-readkey-perl 2.30-4build1 A perl module for simple terminal control
ii libtext-charwidth-perl 0.04-6 get display widths of characters on the term
ii libtext-iconv-perl 1.7-2 converts between character sets in Perl
ii libtext-wrapi18n-perl 0.06-7 internationalized substitute of Text::Wrap
ii libtimedate-perl 1.1900-1 Time and date functions for Perl
ii libudev0 151-12 udev library
ii liburi-perl 1.52-1 module to manipulate and access URI strings
ii libusb-0.1-4 2:0.1.12-14ubuntu0.2 userspace USB programming library
ii libuuid1 2.17.2-0ubuntu1 Universally Unique ID library
ii libwww-perl 5.834-1 Perl HTTP/WWW client/server library
ii libx11-6 2:1.3.2-1ubuntu3 X11 client-side library
ii libx11-data 2:1.3.2-1ubuntu3 X11 client-side library
ii libxapian15 1.0.18-1 Search engine library
ii libxau6 1:1.0.5-1 X11 authorisation library
ii libxcb1 1.5-2 X C Binding
ii libxdmcp6 1:1.0.3-1 X11 Display Manager Control Protocol library
ii libxext6 2:1.1.1-2 X11 miscellaneous extension library
ii libxml-libxml-perl 1.70.ds-1 Perl interface to the libxml2 library
ii libxml-namespacesupport-perl 1.09-3 Perl module for supporting simple generic na
ii libxml-parser-perl 2.36-1.1build3 Perl module for parsing XML files
ii libxml-sax-expat-perl 0.40-1 Perl module for a SAX2 driver for Expat (XML
ii libxml-sax-perl 0.96+dfsg-2 Perl module for using and building Perl SAX2
ii libxml2 2.7.6.dfsg-1ubuntu1 GNOME XML library
ii libxmuu1 2:1.0.5-1 X11 miscellaneous micro-utility library
ii linux-firmware 1.34.1 Firmware for Linux kernel drivers
ii linux-headers-2.6.32-24 2.6.32-24.39 Header files related to Linux kernel version
ii linux-headers-2.6.32-24-server 2.6.32-24.39 Linux kernel headers for version 2.6.32 on x
ii linux-headers-server Linux kernel headers on Server Equipment.
ii linux-image-2.6.32-24-server 2.6.32-24.39 Linux kernel image for version 2.6.32 on x86
ii linux-image-server Linux kernel image on Server Equipment.
ii linux-server Complete Linux kernel on Server Equipment.
ii locales 2.11+git20100304-3 common files for locale support
ii lockfile-progs 0.1.13ubuntu1 Programs for locking and unlocking files and
ii login 1: system login tools
ii logrotate 3.7.8-4ubuntu2 Log rotation utility
ii lsb-base 4.0-0ubuntu8 Linux Standard Base 4.0 init script function
ii lsb-release 4.0-0ubuntu8 Linux Standard Base version reporting utilit
ii lshw 02.14-1build1 information about hardware configuration
ii lsof 4.81.dfsg.1-1build1 List open files
ii ltrace 0.5.3-2ubuntu3 Tracks runtime library calls in dynamically
ii lzma 4.43-14ubuntu2 Compression method of 7z format in 7-Zip pro
ii make 3.81-7ubuntu1 An utility for Directing compilation.
ii makedev 2.3.1-89ubuntu1 creates device files in /dev
ii man-db 2.5.7-2 on-line manual pager
ii manpages 3.23-1 Manual pages about using a GNU/Linux system
ii mawk 1.3.3-15ubuntu2 a pattern scanning and text processing langu
ii memtest86+ 4.00-2ubuntu3 thorough real-mode memory tester
ii mime-support 3.48-1ubuntu1 MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap', and sup
ii mlocate 0.22.2-1ubuntu1 quickly find files on the filesystem based o
ii module-init-tools 3.11.1-2ubuntu1 tools for managing Linux kernel modules
ii mount 2.17.2-0ubuntu1 Tools for mounting and manipulating filesyst
ii mountall 2.15 filesystem mounting tool
ii mtr-tiny 0.75-2build1 Full screen ncurses traceroute tool
ii nano 2.2.2-1 small, friendly text editor inspired by Pico
ii ncurses-base 5.7+20090803-2ubuntu3 basic terminal type definitions
ii ncurses-bin 5.7+20090803-2ubuntu3 terminal-related programs and man pages
ii net-tools 1.60-23ubuntu2 The NET-3 networking toolkit
ii netbase 4.35ubuntu3 Basic TCP/IP networking system
ii netcat-openbsd 1.89-3ubuntu2 TCP/IP swiss army knife
ii ntfs-3g 1:2010.3.6-1ubuntu1 read-write NTFS driver for FUSE
ii ntpdate 1:4.2.4p8+dfsg-1ubuntu2 client for setting system time from NTP serv
ii openssh-client 1:5.3p1-3ubuntu4 secure shell (SSH) client, for secure access
ii openssl 0.9.8k-7ubuntu8 Secure Socket Layer (SSL) binary and related
ii os-prober 1.38 utility to detect other OSes on a set of dri
ii parted 2.2-5ubuntu5.1 The GNU Parted disk partition resizing progr
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ii patch 2.6-2ubuntu1 Apply a diff file to an original
ii pciutils 1:3.0.0-4ubuntu17 Linux PCI Utilities
ii perl 5.10.1-8ubuntu2 Larry Wall's Practical Extraction and Report
ii perl-base 5.10.1-8ubuntu2 minimal Perl system
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ii popularity-contest 1.48ubuntu1 Vote for your favourite packages automatical
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ii pppconfig 2.3.18ubuntu2 A text menu based utility for configuring pp
ii pppoeconf 1.19ubuntu1 configures PPPoE/ADSL connections
ii procps 1:3.2.8-1ubuntu4 /proc file system utilities
ii psmisc 22.10-1 utilities that use the proc file system
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ii python-apport 1.13.3-0ubuntu2 apport crash report handling library
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ii python-central 0.6.15ubuntu1 register and build utility for Python packag
ii python-dbus 0.83.0-1ubuntu3 simple interprocess messaging system (Python
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ii python-gnupginterface 0.3.2-9.1 Python interface to GnuPG (GPG)
ii python-gobject 2.21.1-0ubuntu3 Python bindings for the GObject library
ii python-httplib2 0.6.0-1 comprehensive HTTP client library written in
ii python-launchpadlib 1.6.0-0ubuntu1 Launchpad web services client library
ii python-lazr.restfulclient 0.9.11-1ubuntu1 client for lazr.restful-based web services
ii python-lazr.uri 1.0.2-1 library for parsing, manipulating, and gener
ii python-minimal 2.6.5-0ubuntu1 A minimal subset of the Python language (def
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ii python-oauth 1.0a~svn1124-0ubuntu2 implementation of the OAuth protocol
ii python-openssl 0.10-1 Python wrapper around the OpenSSL library
ii python-pam 0.4.2-12.1ubuntu1 A Python interface to the PAM library
ii python-pexpect 2.3-1build1 Python module for automating interactive app
ii python-pkg-resources 0.6.10-4ubuntu1 Package Discovery and Resource Access using
ii python-problem-report 1.13.3-0ubuntu2 Python library to handle problem reports
ii python-pycurl 7.19.0-3 Python bindings to libcurl
ii python-serial 2.3-1 pyserial - module encapsulating access for t
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ii python-support 1.0.4ubuntu1 automated rebuilding support for Python modu
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ii rsync 3.0.7-1ubuntu1 fast remote file copy program (like rcp)
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ii screen 4.0.3-14ubuntu1 terminal multiplexor with VT100/ANSI termina
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ii sysvinit-utils 2.87dsf-4ubuntu17 System-V-like utilities
ii tar 1.22-2 GNU version of the tar archiving utility
ii tasksel 2.73ubuntu26 Tool for selecting tasks for installation on
ii tasksel-data 2.73ubuntu26 Official tasks used for installation of Debi
ii tcpdump 4.0.0-6ubuntu3 A powerful tool for network monitoring and d
ii telnet 0.17-36build1 The telnet client
ii time 1.7-23build1 The GNU time program for measuring cpu resou
ii tzdata 2010k-0ubuntu0.10.04 time zone and daylight-saving time data
ii ubuntu-keyring 2010.11.09 GnuPG keys of the Ubuntu archive
ii ubuntu-minimal 1.197 Minimal core of Ubuntu
ii ubuntu-serverguide 10.04.3 The Ubuntu Server Guide
ii ubuntu-standard 1.197 The Ubuntu standard system
ii ucf 3.0025 Update Configuration File: preserve user cha
ii udev 151-12 rule-based device node and kernel event mana
ii ufw 0.30pre1-0ubuntu2 program for managing a Netfilter firewall
ii update-manager-core 1:0.134.10 manage release upgrades
ii update-notifier-common 0.99.3 Files shared between update-notifier and ade
ii upstart 0.6.5-7 event-based init daemon
ii ureadahead 0.100.0-4.1.2 Read required files in advance
ii usbutils 0.86-2ubuntu1 Linux USB utilities
ii util-linux 2.17.2-0ubuntu1 Miscellaneous system utilities
ii uuid-runtime 2.17.2-0ubuntu1 runtime components for the Universally Uniqu
ii vim 2:7.2.330-1ubuntu3 Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor
ii vim-common 2:7.2.330-1ubuntu3 Vi IMproved - Common files
ii vim-runtime 2:7.2.330-1ubuntu3 Vi IMproved - Runtime files
ii vim-tiny 2:7.2.330-1ubuntu3 Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor - compact v
ii w3m 0.5.2-2.1ubuntu1.1 WWW browsable pager with excellent tables/fr
ii wget 1.12-1.1ubuntu2 retrieves files from the web
ii whiptail 0.52.10-5ubuntu1 Displays user-friendly dialog boxes from she
ii wireless-crda 1.12 Wireless Central Regulatory Domain Agent
ii wireless-tools 30~pre9-3ubuntu4 Tools for manipulating Linux Wireless Extens
ii wpasupplicant 0.6.9-3ubuntu3 client support for WPA and WPA2 (IEEE 802.11
ii xauth 1:1.0.4-1 X authentication utility
ii xkb-data 1.8-1ubuntu8 X Keyboard Extension (XKB) configuration dat
ii xml-core 0.13 XML infrastructure and XML catalog file supp
ii zlib1g 1: compression library - runtime

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Sam_ (and-sam) said :

I guess you need to specify for yourself what the function should be.
There're some pages, hope they help.


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During the Server Edition installation you have the option of installing additional packages from the CD. The packages are grouped by the type of service they provide.
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Adam Weremczuk (veremchook) said :

1. I'm planning to use Ubuntu on a proper racked server (Dell PowerEdge 710).

The system should be light, secure and elegant.

2. The function should be:

- kernel with shell
- ethernet networking
- ssh
- one text editor
- one package manager
- maybe cron and iptables

That's pretty much it to start with.
And then I add only essential stuff as I go.
50 packages not 350 :)

I went through installation process carefully a couple of times but couldn't find a "more minimal" option then 350.
Did I miss something?

3. I'm not interested in added another 200 packages, half of witch I will never use on this server.
The question is how to safely disable stuff for installation, not how to add even more :)



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Sam_ (and-sam) said :

The additional packages are options such as openssh.
However you could try minimal or customized CD.

User (german forum) installed different versions and included the packages.
Names can be understood in englisch though, except 'befehlszalternate.list' means commandline-alternate, 'befehlszserver.list' means commandline-server (for minimal server installation, last of all).

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Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said :

Command-line only system should be available from a server or alternate install CD (F4 for options at CD boot). Then build up from there instead of removing packages.


Remember you can test this in a VM environment before committing to bare-metal.

Also come by the #ubuntu-server if you have more questions:

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