View Full Version : [ubuntu] Performing a lean install, how to

February 13th, 2009, 06:31 AM
After just migrating from windows xp, I would like to install ubuntu on my eee pc. I've successfully got the desktop distribution of ubuntu working, however, it comes with a lot of software that is unnecessary for me. As my computer is not a powerful system, stripping down the files that are installed would surely improve the performance of the system.

I understand that individual packages can be removed, but being a novice, I find the synaptic package manager fairly confusing and have difficulty deciding what can be removed. So instead, installing the minimum that I require: gnome-core, openoffice, and firefox would be more practical.

Finally, I'd much prefer to have a pre-downloaded copy of the installation files for each package and install them from there, rather than have to use apt-get for each component. My internet connection is fairly slow and it would be very time consuming if I were to start the installation again, for whatever reason.


February 13th, 2009, 06:39 AM
Hi, there, and welcome on-board!

You will find it much easier initially to manage software packages by navigating to Applications>Add/Remove.

This is a "cut-down" package manager and is very intuitive.

Roger :)

February 13th, 2009, 03:53 PM
Hi Ross,
You'll want to use the Minimal or Alternate CD to create a command line only install. Then, you can install whatever packages you like.

Here's a tutorial: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20081215#feature

Good luck!

(edit) ps Another option if you don't want to start from scratch is to strip Gnome from your system and go with pure Xfce: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/purexfce You can do this from your existing install.

February 13th, 2009, 03:56 PM
You may want to also look at EasyPeasy (http://www.geteasypeasy.com/) which is a version of Ubuntu reworked and ready for the eee pc.

February 13th, 2009, 04:00 PM
One other thing, if you are open to trying something completely different. On my eee 900ha, I'm running Cruncheee. It is an eee-specific "remix" of Ubuntu that's very minimalistic and light on resources. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking to branch out from "vanilla" Ubuntu.