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  1. #1
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    Dec 2004

    HOWTO: minimum installation

    I recogniced a HOWTO which can help to set up Ubuntu on old computers.
    You will have to do some handwork of course.

    I copied the text in parts from the hompage just to get sure the text doesn't vanish.

    Ubuntu Mini-RAM HOWTO

    # command
    Type command as root (you can do a sudo su- before, in order to get the root-prompt. Or you put sudo before the command.)

    $ command
    Type command as user.

    1 The Basesystem

    Get Ubuntu CD-ROM see
    After inserting the CD-ROM into the drive, boot and when asked to press Enter, type custom before. (Not linux custom!)
    The result will be a minimal-system with less than 300 MB on the HD and only a textprompt (no GUI).

    2 Postinstall the GUI

    I did it in the following order, but probably the order is not important:

    $ sudo su -
    # vi /etc/apt/sources.list

    (If you are not familiar with vi you can use nano or any other texteditor instead.)
    Enable the universe-repository by removing the Hashmarks (=# (2 times))

    # apt-get update
    # apt-get install icewm
    # apt-get install xserver-xfree86
    # apt-get install x-window-system-core
    # apt-get install xdm
    # apt-get install numlockx
    # apt-get install xterm

    The result is a system with X and iceWM as windowmanager. You log in as user and on the prompt:

    $ startx
    starts the GUI. (After the first reboot, xdm autostarts and puts you directly into the GUI-mode)
    So far this system needs 468 MB on your harddrive.

    The homepage continues with installation of packets like Mozilla or Openoffice and shows the need of several packets for harddisk space.
    Last edited by feneks; December 30th, 2004 at 09:09 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2004

    Re: HOWTO:minimum installation

    There is also an existing thread titled :
    'Ubuntu Mini-RAM HOWTO"


    with further information if anyone is interested!

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    Oct 2005


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