Is there a way to get a minimal Minix3 system without shipping
disks or downloading the whole CD image? I'd just like to
download the minimum bootable system, perhaps a file that could be
booted from a GRUB entry, and install desired easypacks from
there. (I once lived in the big city with broadband ... and now I
don't.)

I'm searching for the optimum platform for a malware-resistant
batch-mode gmail station (pop+smtp): Would Minix3 be a good
choice? Are dialup & PINE working well enough for daily use?