First of all, feel free take a look at the 2nd link of my signature (20XXX vNext LTSC) to get a better idea about this.
Here's a little bit of background of this thread
Believe me Emile has tried every flavor of Linux under the sun, but none of them compares with a stripped Win LTSC
The Windows kernel became a lot better about 2 years ago, driven by Xbox gaming performance needs I suspect
2) The noise signature of OS has a huge influence over the sound that comes out from the system. Windows LTSC is the clear leader in Emile's testing, and the gap between the latest from Microsoft and the different flavors of Linux can only be expected to increase in the future. When Microsoft delivers a better kernal and scheduler, Emile for sure will build an updated OS from these new components. So the OS is absolutely future obsolescence proof for many years to come
Basically I've been keeping an eye on Windows Server 2022 after I saw this on Twitter
The current preview release of #Windows Server vNEXT LTSC only uses nearly 10 GB storage after installation, nice!
Microsoft readies next version of Windows Server LTSC for latter half of 2021
More about the differences between Long-Term Servicing Channel and Semi-Annual Channel here:
Windows Server servicing channels: LTSC and SAC
Since I already joined the Windows Insider Program before, I downloaded a copy of the latest Preview Build 20251 as follows
Announcing Windows Server Preview Build 20251
Then I extracted install.wim from the ISO afterwards
Details for image : C:\ISO\sources\install.wim Index : 1 Name : Windows Server 2019 Standard Description : (Recommended) This option omits most of the Windows graphical environment. Manage with a command prompt and PowerShell, or remotely with Windows Admin Center or other tools. Size : 7,926,801,806 bytes Index : 2 Name : Windows Server 2019 Standard (Desktop Experience) Description : This option installs the full Windows graphical environment, consuming extra drive space. It can be useful if you want to use the Windows desktop or have an app that requires it. Size : 13,942,115,648 bytes
I also checked the registry of Index #1 (Server Core) and found 2023 packages, while Index #2 (Desktop Experience) actually got 2899 packages.
Here's the deal, just wondering if there were anyone who might be interested in working on a stripped-down version of Windows Server 2022 by any chance?
I created some spreadsheets on Google Sheets and a list of packages could be found over there, let's work together to figure out what specific packages could be removed without breaking JPLAY / MinorityClean etc.
Please check my signature (20XXX vNext LTSC) and let me know if there were any questions, thanks!