Re: Bug#696154: cloud.debian.org: Please install 'less' by default on official Debian AMIs.
Excerpts from Christopher Gervais's message of 2012-12-17 13:01:54 -0800:
> I have to agree with Thomas here. Anything beyond the bare minimum is a
> slippery slope. I'd suggest that any debates about including optional
> packages should happen on email@example.com, rather than here.
How is it a slippery slope if it is driven by data?
Seriously, figure out a way to ask users what they want. popcon isn't
going to be all that useful here becuase of the wild diversity of systems
that exist in popcon. But you can certainly just ask users to list any
optional packages that they'd like to see on images. Or have a subset
of popcon just for cloud images.
Anyway, purity is fine and dandy, but what you're suggesting is basically
to give people a skeleton on which to build their images, instead of
images on which to run their cloud based applications.
Also, consider that all packages downloaded from a mirror are going to
be metered in some way by most clouds (EC2 for sure). But images are not
metered. Given the rapid create/tear-down nature of cloud instances and
workloads, I'd say this purity may end up *costing users money*.