Everytime I install Red Hat, I get the packages
no matter what. I only have desktop systems and have no need for these
packages. They're just annoying extra packages (I try to keep my systems
as small as possible) that I have to remove manually after every
I understand that these packages should probably be installed as default
since the two first ones are definately needed for laptops and the last
one for systems with software raid already set up.
But my vote is that these packages should be de-selectable at least if
one chooses a custom install.
There's now a Laptop package in beta3 including apmd and kernel-pcmcia-cs (as
well as the irda and wireless tools), but raidtools are always installed by
default. Also, these packages could be useful or necessary on a desktop system
(more are beginning to use wireless lan to interact with roaming laptops)
In Pinstripe, kernel-pcmcia-cs and apmd seem to be back in the base package, and
thus they get installed on all systems, whether essential or completely
unnecessary, and they're not de-selectable during a custom install.
This is required so a machine install with PCMCIA will reboot and networking
will work properly.