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Monday, September 01, 2008

Minimal Ubuntu + LXDE Installation

  • Install Ubuntu base system with Ubuntu Alternate installer CD, and only install a command line-based system (Server without all the internet services). Some user suggested that you can install xubuntu and remove xfce after installing LXDE. However, install from base system is recommended. Ask on Ubuntuforms if you got problems regarding to this. There are some related articles on the forum.

Another option is minimal cd-image
I have spoted it in the fullcircle article

Testing on qemu/kvm
In my case in have installed JEOS on an qemu virtual machine then i followed this tutorial

Only install the base system. Then, add lxde repository, and do this:

I have added

$sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lxde.list

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

$sudo apt-get install xorg
$sudo apt-get install lxde

voila minimal deskop and space used is ~ 400M , it doesn even needs compression
I have installed flamerobin after that , but still i have an bug with window drawing , if i open an window
let's say flamerobin , it goes to the bottom of the screen slowly


Sometimes you want a bare-minimum LiveCD that you can use as a base for other projects. Creating one on Ubuntu is a rather big pain. GUI tools like ‘Reconstructor’ or ‘Ubuntu Customization Kit’ are meant to modify the existing install/Live CD’s, and don’t allow you to really strip down the CD to the bare minimum.

Debian has a project called live-helper which allows you to do just that with a debian distribution. This is also included in Ubuntu Hardy, but it doesn’t -quite- work out of the box. However, with the following small changes, you can make it work. I’ve just create a 77MB minimal hardy boot CD, and it works like a charm.

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