Install A Minimal Ubuntu Desktop

If you like the looks and features of Ubuntu 9.04, but want a lighter, swifter version of it, try this minimalist installation that can knock memory usage down by up to 75 percent.

Ubuntu Forums user TheShiv likes to build his system from the ground up, and doesn't like a lot of software and services he'll never use. So he installs a core, bare-bones system from either the Ubuntu Server Edition CD or a Minimal CD, then, when he gets access to a command prompt and he's wired to the internet (presumably through a LAN cable, though perhaps wireless works as well), he uses two or three commands to install enough features to get a working desktop, but very little that won't be used day to day.

TheShiv frames his installation as a script you can copy, save, and run, but users could also just copy the sudo apt-get -y install commands he has listed at the link below. It's been linked to by a few approving Ubuntu heads, and seems like a pretty good way to get a lower-memory, but still GNOME-based, Ubuntu-based system running. Got another/better installation script to point us to? Pass the link along in the comments. HowTo Achieve "Ubuntu-Desktop-Minimal" [Ubuntu Forums]


    I just installed JeOS 8.0.4 and tried to install lxde, but system says it couldn't find package. The "universe" option is uncommened (by default, it seems) in the repository list.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Also, I tried XFCE4, but I will be darned if I cannot find the terminal! I can't get off the desktop now. Is there a terminal or do I have to quit the graphic environment and if so, how do you do that without a terminal?

    Thanks. I'm new...learning curve is beating me up.

    Okay, I have figured out the repository from which to get the lxde install.

    Problems now are very much those of newbieness:
    1. No sound. Maybe it's muted, but where are the sound controls?
    2. A message comes up on boot that I am missing an xml file from the Human themes. It then goes into an lxde kind of theme.
    3. How can I put Firefox on the desktop as an icon?
    4. Where in this beast do I go to select a user for automatic logon?
    5. Where in this beast do I go to have vmware tools launch automatically?
    6. How do I mount a CD ISO?

    I realize this is a lot to ask, but at least wih Ubuntu desktop, I could google and find what I needed. This one is a little more difficult.

    In case you'd like to know, what I want is the smallest possible installation which will run FireFox 3.0 and vmware tools. I really don't need anything else, but to boot to firefox and run vmware.


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