I have seen:
And I have seen @adw state:
I strongly recommend against removing any packages from a minimal template, since it’s already minimal. Doing so will almost certainly break things. If you want to know which packages you can remove from a non-minimal template, you should probably just take the opposite approach instead: Start with a minimal template and add only the packages you want.
However, I have tinkered with the minimal templates (and recall others stating on the mailing lists) and some of the ‘dependencies’ of the qubes packages aren’t needed. If I recall correctly there is also a small amount of unnecessary stuff within the minimal templates*.
*To attain a template which has the absolute bare minimum needed to work with qubes for sys-net.
Is this simply an issue with the qubes package dependencies?
Is there an issue with debian dependencies?
This is far from top priority, but it would be good to get a clarification on precisely how minimal the minimal templates are - so at the least the community can work to trimming them down even further (if possible).
As per mailing list, I understand others have tried but found it too much effort for the relatively minimal reduction in packages (and long term maintenance) - this is why I feel a clarification/more detailed information is needed so the community can resolve these issues.