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    Question Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    So I wanted to install Ubuntu 11.04 on my ASUS 900a that only has 4GB of disk space. Of course Ubuntu 11.04 requires 4.4GB, so I started looking for alternatives.

    I tried to get Lubuntu 11.04, but when I ran the installation process it states that 5GB are required. Not very light weight IMHO if this is the case.

    I was hoping that someone had an idea of how to install a strippted version of Ubuntu 11.04 (maybe without some of the apps like the LibreOffice Suite) or knew why Lubuntu was asking for so much hard drive space.

    I'm hoping to move away from my light-weight version of WinXP. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    Hi, welcome to the fora

    This should help you:
    http://andyduffell.com/techblog/?p=689
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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    Welcome to the forums!

    I have a hard time believing Lubuntu needs 5gb; make sure the installer isn't trying to create a "swap" partition (which is waste of space if you only have 4gb).

    The most drastic method is a "minimal" install. Here's a good tutorial:

    www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal

    If you are open to options outside the Ubuntu family, you might check out Puppy, SliTaz, or TinyCore. Any of those will use well under 1gb, but the tradeoff is less "stuff" included out-of-the-box.

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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    The mentioned method of minimal install should work, provided you have an internet conection. I did it many times (I'm forced to, because I like to use it in 64-bit). I do that in this way:

    1.- From an alternate cd install (not a live cd), choose "install a text based system" (or some similar wording). This installs a command line system. Any ubuntu flavour (K-X-Ubuntu) will do, as the base system is exactly the same.

    2.- Boot into the installed system wired to the internet, and run
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    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    3.-
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    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
    Reboot when finished. You should be running lubuntu.
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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    Quote Originally Posted by memyselfi View Post
    So I wanted to install Ubuntu 11.04 on my ASUS 900a that only has 4GB of disk space. Of course Ubuntu 11.04 requires 4.4GB, so I started looking for alternatives.

    I tried to get Lubuntu 11.04, but when I ran the installation process it states that 5GB are required. Not very light weight IMHO if this is the case.
    I dont know, requiring 5GB of disk space is pretty light weight. Most computers made over the last ten years have at last 20GB.

    Try installing Lubunut 10.10. The article below says it needs 3.2GB of disk space. I run Lubunutu 10.10 and love it. You may need to do an alternate install because the normal install program is graphics heavy and wont run on low spec machines very well.
    http://www.linoob.com/2010/11/lubuntu-10-10/

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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    the xubuntu alternate install cd requires 2G of disk space. couldn't find a reference for lubuntu, but guessing its about the same.

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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrrys View Post
    the xubuntu alternate install cd requires 2G of disk space. couldn't find a reference for lubuntu, but guessing its about the same.
    Some facts:

    A command-line install is worth ~ 1Gb

    My Lubuntu, with many apps installed (including libreoffice, firefox, chrome, traverso from source with lots of qt dependencies, and many utilities), is 4.25Gb
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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC Cheloven View Post
    My Lubuntu, with many apps installed (including libreoffice, firefox, chrome, traverso from source with lots of qt dependencies, and many utilities), is 4.25Gb
    Mine is 4.7Gb. I think the OP might be out of luck with Lubunutu...

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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    I think you guys have installed a LOT of extras - or forgotten to run

    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    Are you counting /home in the 4-5 GB?
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    Re: Light Weight (low disk space) install?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    I think you guys have installed a LOT of extras - or forgotten to run

    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    Are you counting /home in the 4-5 GB?
    Yes, as said in #7 I have quite some extras. On the other hand, my lubuntu partition is 40Gb, so I can afford to have the .deb packages at hand just in case. Just deleted them to test, and in fact the used space has reduced to 3.63 Gb. Surely I could reduce it even more by caring about the (2) browsers caches, old kernels, orphaned packages etc.
    And yes, that includes /home (with ~450Mb of my files).

    @whatthefunk:
    So I think the OP could be within specs, as I guess a plain lubuntu system will be less than 2.8 Gb.
    Last edited by JC Cheloven; June 22nd, 2011 at 02:16 AM.
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