What’s the diffrence between an Environment Group and a Group?

What’s the difference between an Environment Group and a Group?

When I run dnf group list, this is what I get:

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Available Environment Groups:
   Fedora Custom Operating System
   Fedora Server Edition
   Fedora Workstation
   Fedora Cloud Server
   KDE Plasma Workspaces
   Xfce Desktop
   LXDE Desktop
   LXQt Desktop
   Cinnamon Desktop
   MATE Desktop
   Sugar Desktop Environment
   Deepin Desktop
   Development and Creative Workstation
   Web Server
   Infrastructure Server
   Basic Desktop
   i3 desktop
Installed Environment Groups:
   Minimal Install
Available Groups:
   3D Printing
   Administration Tools
   Audio Production
   Authoring and Publishing
   C Development Tools and Libraries
   Cloud Infrastructure
   Cloud Management Tools
   Container Management
   D Development Tools and Libraries
   Design Suite
   Development Tools
   Domain Membership
   Educational Software
   Electronic Lab
   Engineering and Scientific
   FreeIPA Server
   Games and Entertainment
   Headless Management
   MATE Applications
   Network Servers
   Neuron Modelling Simulators
   Pantheon Desktop
   Python Classroom
   Python Science
   RPM Development Tools
   Security Lab
   Sound and Video
   System Tools
   Text-based Internet
   Window Managers

What’s the difference between an Environment Group and a Group?


Beyond the name?
Check the content of each and see what is included.

This is related to different DEs that you can switch to:

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With the groups you can reproduce spins, labs or alternative downloads without the need of download the live iso files.

While the environment groups represent a spin or alternative download, the “simple” group you can use to create a lab.

For example your installed the environment “Minimal Install”. If you decide to use the Mate desktop as I do: (this would represent more or less the Mate-Compiz Spin)

Installed Environment Groups:
   MATE Desktop
Installed Groups:
   MATE Applications
   Hardware Support

To tailor a own Fedora from scratch you can start with the everything iso

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