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March 17th, 2016, 12:25 AM
Im attempting to install Ubuntu Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" (http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/wily/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/mini.iso) 32bit on one of the following machines: http://store.disklessworkstations.com/200301.html

This machine has 512mb of storage, and 2gb ddr2 memory/ram. Is it even possible to install the command line version of ubuntu on a system with drive space that small?

also my goal with this machine is to basically have a firefox kiosk.

March 17th, 2016, 08:59 AM
Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums :-)

You cannot install standard Ubuntu in a drive so small. You cannot even install the light-weight flavour Lubuntu into such a small drive. I don't think you can store any current Ubuntu based system in such small drive space - not as an installed system. But if you can consider a live system (which has the main part of it stored in a compressed file) there are options, for example Tiny Core, which can boot from a 15 MB image of an iso file.

From the specification in the link:

Network Boot Protocol PXE
Thin Client Software LTSP 5.x

Are you not happy with that system? Is there any particular feature you want?

I/O Connectors:

. (1) Mic-In
. (1) Line-Out
. (1) Digital DVI-I video output
. (1) PS/2 (for KB or Y cable)
. (4) USB 2.0 ports (6 external, 2 internal)
. (1) RJ-45 connector, 10/100/1000 Mbps,

I see that there are USB ports. Please test If you can boot from USB :-)

If it works, you can connect

- a small USB drive and run a live-only system
- a larger USB drive and run a persistent live system
- an even larger USB drive (16 GB or larger) and run an installed system.

See these links:

Try Ubuntu (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, ...) before installing it (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2230389)

Installation/FromUSBStick (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick)

March 17th, 2016, 11:25 AM
These are the minimum needed specs. for Ubuntu install.
700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
512 MiB RAM (system memory)
5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Internet access is helpful

You'll notice you need at least 5 GB of H.D. Space. 512mb isn't even close to that. Get a bigger usb stick if you can.

You may be able to run Tiny Core Linux or even Puppy linux on that machine.
good luck.

March 18th, 2016, 12:41 AM
Hello and welcome, Ubuntu requires less to run but even whit that said you should have enough Ram and hard drive space on your machine if you really want to enjoy a great desktop experience

Installation / SystemRequirements Ubuntu

March 18th, 2016, 01:00 AM
Ubuntu Server (CLI) Installation

300 MHz x86 processor
192 MiB of system memory (RAM)
1 GB of disk space
Graphics card and monitor capable of 640x480
CD drive (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation#Installation%20without%20a%20CD)


I recently installed the Mini ISO image with Xubuntu core (Xfce). I did not add Xubuntu Desktop only Firefox and that has taken up 2.8 GB of disk space.