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    minimal install walkthrough

    I apologize if this has been asked/done before, but since Trusty Tahr is almost here I thought I should ask first rather than messing up my old and faithful, 6(?) year-old PC. Basically I was hoping someone would be kind enough to type or maybe upload (or link to) a video of a noob-friendly walkthrough for installing the Ubuntu minimal ISO, and then Lubuntu core.

    I've visited and glanced over the wiki: Lubuntu/Documentation/MinimalInstall - Community Help Wiki but there are things I still don't know/get.

    For example, is installing a minimal ISO the same as installing a regular (L)Ubuntu ISO except without all the built-in software/apps in the final product? same process I mean, or is it trickier?

    Once the minimal ISO has been successfully installed, is it as easy as going to the console and typing "sudo apt-get Lubuntu-core" (or something along those lines) and build up the system with your desired apps from there? I started watching a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqBHe6YTw4s) and the guy said something about the Minimal install not having network capabilities other than WiFi, which would effectively screw me...

    Anyway, yeah, a walkthrough would be very, VERY much appreciated.

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    nLpPyXR; Yep,

    It can be as simple as you care to make it .

    I also chose the minimal install, and very pleased with the result.
    It is as simple as:
    a) download, check md5sum, burn to CD
    b) run the installer and when the base system is installed
    b1: ->
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    c) install the graphics layer: ->
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xorg
    d) install a Desktop manager ( I like xfce4)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce4
    You will probably want a web browser, say for instance FireFox (lighter browsers are available)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install firefox
    And you now have a basic totally usable operating system - with some bells and whistles - what else you add is up to you /Maybe a Display Manager - (??), I don't -- unneeded overhead in my book, YMMV.
    That system is whatever you choose to make of it.
    You will boot to a terminal, to start the GUI desktop. Terminal command:
    Code:
    startxfce4
    NOTE: DO NOT use elevated privilege [sudo] to start the desk top, permission havoc will ensue in that event!

    The 'buntu world is now your oyster ->

    And it is
    all in what you make it
    Last edited by Bashing-om; April 16th, 2014 at 09:28 PM. Reason: correct the info.
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    Quote Originally Posted by Bashing-om View Post
    nLpPyXR; Yep,

    It can be as simple as you care to make it .what else you add is up to you /Maybe a Window Manager (??), I don't -- unneeded overhead in my book, YMMV.
    That system is whatever you choose to make of it.
    You will boot to a terminal, to start the GUI desktop. Terminal command:
    Code:
    startxfce4
    NOTE: DO NOT use elevated privilege [sudo] to start the desk top, permission havoc will ensue in that event!

    The 'buntu world is now your oyster ->

    And it is
    all in what you make it
    Just in case there is some confusion in the OP's mind, I think you meant "Maybe a display manager", eg lightdm, gdm, xdm, etc etc, not a window manager; xfce4 has its own window manager, so that will be installed by default.

    Otherwise I agree fully with your comments, and were I able, I would install this way, but my old laptop simply refuses to boot to the 3.13.0-# kernel, or the 3.14.0-# which I have also tried, so I had to install 13.10 for the 3.11 kernel and then update to 14.04 and remove the newer kernel.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 14.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    @ ajgreeny;

    aj,
    You are correct, will correct my posting ! . thanks as always,

    pay more attention, Bashing- om
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    This is the full lubuntu desktop

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/saucy/lubuntu-desktop

    This is what you get with lubuntu-core

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/saucy/lubuntu-core

    The command would be

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-core
    If you wish to leave off the core recommend packages the command would be

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends lubuntu-core

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    thank you all for your input, the Ubuntu community is one of its best features that not many people talk about.

    On the subject matter at hand, after reading ibjsb4's post and seeing what Lubuntu core contains (lightdm, lxpanel, lxsession and xorg among other things) I'm guessing 2 or 3 of Bashing-om's steps are unnecessary, right?

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    nLpPyXR;

    Yeah, doing the " apt-get install lubuntu-core" one would not need to install xorg, or a Desktop Manager. The basic Lubuntu system is installed;

    Here be yet another option to install Lubuntu Minimalistically:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...MinimalInstall

    This is 'buntu
    you can have it your way
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    Installing lubuntu-core with or without recommends will give you a working desktop with just that one command.

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    Once again, thank you

    Marked the thread as solved.

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    Re: minimal install walkthrough

    let us know what happens

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