View Full Version : [all variants] alternate install vs. mini.iso

August 30th, 2009, 04:08 PM
If I want to do a command line install, what is the difference between using the alternate install .iso or the mini.iso to set up the command line installer and run the commands that I need?

August 30th, 2009, 04:47 PM
You can use either disk. The mini.iso is tiny and needs to download everything from the web. The alternate disc contains everything in a full Ubuntu install, so you have the choice of a full or command line only install (it's one of the Fn keys, forget which one).

August 30th, 2009, 05:11 PM
One difference is that the alternate install .iso can be used to make a usb startup disk, but the mini.iso cannot.

August 30th, 2009, 05:15 PM
The mini.iso has very little on it. It's better if you want a base CLI install and you want few programs on it or a WM instead of a DE.

The alternate install will install a specific flavour of ubuntu from the CD, it's like the Live CD without the graphics.

August 30th, 2009, 06:16 PM
in addition to what others have said,

the mini.iso's install will come with all the most up-to-date software. just make sure you 'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade' prior to installing ubuntu-update or any other meta package.

the alternate install will still be looking at '5 million updates required' at first boot.