I know Ubuntu server is already slimmed down, but... We're deploying a custom configured Ubuntu Server as an OVA. The size of the .vmdk file inside the OVA is 700+ MB (basically thats the bare bones default Ubuntu Server 12.04 install). Our VM does a VERY basic task and doesn't need a lot of other things present in the operating system. Can someone help us slim down the Ubuntu server to below bare minimum. I'm talking about removing things like man pages, and other parts of the OS that are not critical to our environment.
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Even going as far as removing things like extra shell environments (not sure if you can safely do that). We want to remove everything that wont break the OS from booting and running Java. Maybe we dont need commands like fdisk etc. Anywhere we can save space will reduce the size of the OVA which will speed up the download for customers.