My package made it into Debian-main because it looked innocuous enough; no
one noticed "locusts" in the dependency list.
I like minimal server installs, a lot. --nobase tastes like candy to me. They don't get many updates, it's easy to read though what updates are needed. Easy to test that things won't break when there is an update. They're just lovely. If my wife had said no when I asked her to marry me, I'd have married a server with a minimal install.
Yes, I understand this is just reality, it's no ones fault but when I
decide to take my minimal install and add something, I just want to add
those packages and no more. So the sysadmin in me cringes when I try to
install kvm, libvirt, and python-virtinst and see alsa-lib, libogg, and
esound (among others) pulled in. As if this server will ever make a sound
of any kind.
-- Mike McGrath
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