I am looking for a bare bone ubuntu OS version. I want nothing else other than my OS, and then i would like to get only the programs i want. the desktop i would like is cinnamon.

could you help how i can do this.

i downloaded ubuntu mini, but when i do sudo apt-add-repository ppa something something, it says command not found.

all help appreciated. also i had another q. is there a prg where in a terminal like window i can see what the scripts are being executed in real time and then can save the entire log to a text file.

thank you, thank you and cheers.