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May 10th, 2009, 11:03 PM
The other day I was wondering, if there is a way to have an Ubuntu installation as small as Minimal CD. As I under stand Minimal CD only lacks the repo, but has fully functional recovery system. I have a pretty old system laying around with only 800MB HDD and 32MB RAM, just wanted to make a minimal install of ubuntu for some testing purpose. What i can see Minimal CD is only 10MB (x86 version).
Any ideas, how I can install a working Ubuntu dist which is under 10MB, who needs X, when you have framebuffer.

PS> I would like to avoid any reference only loosely solving my problem. And yes i have googled.


May 10th, 2009, 11:13 PM
I guess you didn't really know what to look for. The following link will give you a very minimal install (CLI), and then from there your install what you need.

Ubuntu Minimal Install (http://hype-o-thetic.com/2009/02/ubuntu-minimal-install.html)
However, I am not sure this will get you under 10MB. DSL is a debian based distro that might get you down there.

May 10th, 2009, 11:58 PM
There is zero chance Ubuntu will install on that system; 32mb of ram just isn't enough for a modern full featured distro like Ubuntu (even command line only). The mini.iso is only 10mb, but it is a netinstall--it downloads the necessary packages off the 'net. The installed system is around 600mb if I remember correctly.

May 11th, 2009, 12:37 AM
Try Damn Small Linux...that is one of the only distros that will have the slightest chance of running.

May 11th, 2009, 12:57 AM
Check out DeliLinux (http://www.delilinux.de/).

Installation Requirements: (http://www.delilinux.org/wiki/doku.php?id=announcement:generalnews:releases:deli-0.8.0)

for running the GUI at least 32 MB RAM are recommended
a MMX capable processor is recommended for multimedia applications
a full installation with all apps requires about 750 MB space on hard disk