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Shibblet
June 16th, 2009, 01:53 AM
I'd like to see a stripped down, desktop version of Ubuntu.

There are already three main versions of Ubuntu. One with Gnome, KDE, and XFCE. Why not offer a "application" free version of these for download.

Ubuntu comes with Firefox, Open Office, Games, Evolution, Pidgin, Gimp, and more. Which is an amazing suite of software that comes with the core OS.

But offer a stripped down version of those, anything that is non-essential.

Give the core system, a desktop manager (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu), and the package manager.

This would allow users to add only what they want, without having to remove anything. The distribution would be smaller, and users would have the ability to customize.

dragos240
June 16th, 2009, 01:56 AM
I'd like to see a stripped down, desktop version of Ubuntu.

There are already three main versions of Ubuntu. One with Gnome, KDE, and XFCE. Why not offer a "application" free version of these for download.

Ubuntu comes with Firefox, Open Office, Games, Evolution, Pidgin, Gimp, and more. Which is an amazing suite of software that comes with the core OS.

But offer a stripped down version of those, anything that is non-essential.

Give the core system, a desktop manager (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu), and the package manager.

This would allow users to add only what they want, without having to remove anything. The distribution would be smaller, and users would have the ability to customize.

Well.... theres ubuntu JuOS (juice), which means ubuntu just enough operating system

jonian_g
June 16th, 2009, 01:56 AM
Or maybe they can make the ubuntu-desktop metapackage include only gnome without the applications so that upgrades won't break if you remove the preinstalled apps.

Skripka
June 16th, 2009, 01:57 AM
COUGH Crunchbang Cough....

dioltas
June 16th, 2009, 02:08 AM
OP sounds like a description of archlinux. Maybe you could call it kissbuntu, keep it simple stupid. That might be kinda ripping off the arch motto though!

HappyFeet
June 16th, 2009, 02:11 AM
Do a minimal install and add only what you want.

Wiebelhaus
June 16th, 2009, 02:13 AM
Make your own (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems)

Also there is a Ubuntu Command line ISO but I can't find it on the net, I have it and can drop box it for you if you like it's 11.1 meg, just PM.

*Found it* (http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/jaunty/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/mini.iso)

Minimal ISO Page (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD)

Regenweald
June 16th, 2009, 02:46 AM
Do a minimal install and add only what you want.

in addition to what HappyFeet said, I'll give you the link: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal. This is what you want. A minimal install, then one command installs Desktop environment and package manager.

XubuRoxMySox
June 16th, 2009, 03:14 AM
They are working on an LXDE-based, very lightweight Ubuntu which will be called "Lubuntu (https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop)."

-Robin

Shibblet
June 16th, 2009, 07:05 AM
Holy seagull crapstains on a turtle with a gimp leg and deformed eyeball! That's a lot of responses.

What I meant was something along the lines of an installer that doesn't have to be command line.

Most people, even linux users, like their desktop. And honestly, who wouldn't prefer a point and click interface to command line?

The Lubuntu deal sounds like what I am talking about, but what is LXDE?

aysiu
June 16th, 2009, 07:20 AM
In addition to what all these posts have mentioned, I've created a little minimalist IceWM remix of Ubuntu. (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7412240#post7412240)

It basically has IceWM, Synaptic, Firefox, Thunar, and that's it. The .iso is only about 250 MB.
Do a minimal install and add only what you want.


COUGH Crunchbang Cough....


Make your own (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems)

Also there is a Ubuntu Command line ISO but I can't find it on the net, I have it and can drop box it for you if you like it's 11.1 meg, just PM.

*Found it* (http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/jaunty/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/mini.iso)

Minimal ISO Page (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD)


in addition to what HappyFeet said, I'll give you the link: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal. This is what you want. A minimal install, then one command installs Desktop environment and package manager.

Metallion
June 16th, 2009, 09:20 AM
Make your own (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems)

Also there is a Ubuntu Command line ISO but I can't find it on the net, I have it and can drop box it for you if you like it's 11.1 meg, just PM.

*Found it* (http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/jaunty/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/mini.iso)

Minimal ISO Page (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD)

That looks pretty awesome actually. The installation itself would take longer but every time you install it, it has the latest packages. Does anyone know if it's possible to boot a CD iso from a usb disk? It feels a bit like a waste to burn a CD for a 10 meg installer.

meborc
June 16th, 2009, 09:26 AM
That looks pretty awesome actually. The installation itself would take longer but every time you install it, it has the latest packages. Does anyone know if it's possible to boot a CD iso from a usb disk? It feels a bit like a waste to burn a CD for a 10 meg installer.

yes... use unetbootin

it can download and "burn" several known live cd's onto usb-sticks... and if there is a distro you want to try that is not supported by unetbootin by default, just download the ISO and use that with unetbootin

ahndoruuu
June 16th, 2009, 09:36 AM
Well I'd argue that even the standard Ubuntu is fairly lightweight...

all of the included programs are stuff that is very commonly used on a computer, and if not
you could just remove it...

but to make a whole new -buntu just for an Ubuntu with a few missing apps...seems rather pointless to me.

Sinkingships7
June 16th, 2009, 09:50 AM
Do a minimal install and add only what you want.

Agreed.. This will give the OP exactly what he wants.

Sand & Mercury
June 16th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Holy seagull crapstains on a turtle with a gimp leg and deformed eyeball!
:lol: :lol: :lol: ! AWESOME response.

XubuRoxMySox
June 16th, 2009, 10:58 AM
The Lubuntu deal sounds like what I am talking about, but what is LXDE?

LXDE (http://lxde.org) is a super lightweight, very simple desktop environment. Used instead of Gnome or KDE, it makes Ubuntu much faster on older hardware (because it has few dependencies and is much less of a resource hog than Gnome or KDE). But it's graphical, clickable, wonderful. Lightweight, low maintenance. Looks like KDE's pretty little sister. So lightweight in fact, that some people accuse it of not being a desktop environment at all!

-Robin
LXDE's web site (http://lxde.org)

aysiu
June 16th, 2009, 02:37 PM
yes... use unetbootin

it can download and "burn" several known live cd's onto usb-sticks... and if there is a distro you want to try that is not supported by unetbootin by default, just download the ISO and use that with unetbootin
The mini.iso is not a live CD.