We already have that... I think it's called "Jessie". For that matter maybe close to describing Jessie Lite too. I don't think it's a good idea forcing people even further down the bloat boat route by building it in. What happens when a few months go by and everything is outdated and unusable. If anything a more reasonable starting point might be a truly minimal version like Minibian which contains only the basics to allow apt-getting anything else.bstrobl wrote:Maybe use a highly polished up Raspbian with a ton of extra software
IMO the current setup is perfect. Those who want everything including the kitchen sink can plug that in. Those who don't can put in just what they need.