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    Question Trying to attempt a Minimal Install.

    Hello Everybody, I've got some questions that I'd like to be answered. I'm trying to preform a minimal install 12.10, because I would like to use Steam for Linux beta.

    I'm aware of how to Install the OS, but if I CLI what should I install to get the full experience without the bloat? "Ubuntu-Desktop" contains the games, office suit, etc.

    I would like to have the bootscreen, default looking login and mate rather than unity desktop.

    Thank you for your time. - Mocha

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    Re: Trying to attempt a Minimal Install.

    I don't know about mate, my basic install is gnome.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lightdm gnome-terminal synaptic && sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-session-fallback
    If you do this you need to fix the panel background color with Alt + Right click to be able to see the menu. And gnome terminal may also be black on black.

    Thats just one of many ways to do this.

    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...Search&lang=en

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    Re: Trying to attempt a Minimal Install.

    Welcome to the forums! If you are new to Ubuntu then I recommend the default full install. A full install of Ubuntu uses only a few GB of hard drive space. If you have a typical 1TB hard drive then Ubuntu will use less than 1% of it. This is not the definition of "bloat."

    If you prefer a minimal install for whatever reason then here is a good how-to: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal

    (substitute the desktop environment of your choice for icewm)

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    Re: Trying to attempt a Minimal Install.

    Another option to trim down an ubuntu-desktop install using the mini iso would be installing without recommended packages. This will still give you the Unity desktop.

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/quantal/ubuntu-desktop

    And to do that from the mini iso:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

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