Light Ubuntu – Only essential stuff – Fast and reliable

9 08 2009

Tired of installing ubuntu, and seeing yourself among lots of programs and services that you might never use? Resources allocated to functions that will only slow down? In this post, I’ll show you a way to install and configure ubuntu in such a way that only extremely needed stuff will be installed. An later, you can install whatever you want. Conclusion: You will have a Light Ubuntu that will run smoothly in almost all configurations, and just running the necessary stuff.

First of all, you must download a special kind of ubuntu CD. Its a tiny iso called “Minimal CD Image”. You can find it here:

After downloading it (just a few megabytes), you can burn it on a CD or copy it to a bootable Pendrive. During the installation, you can just proceed and configure stuff as you usually do, and then choose what to install. This is  a base version of Ubuntu server, and you might want to install only needed stuff, like graphic interface if desired. To install only the needed stuff, after installing the system from minimal iso, just run this command line as root:

sudo aptitude install x-window-system-core gnome-core gdm gnome-media gnome-system-monitor gnome-system-tools gnome-volume-manager gnome-utils gnome-app-install gnome-screensaver synaptic firefox usplash usplash-theme-ubuntu ubuntu-artwork

It will occupy something around 1GB, what’s pretty economical. And now, you have a clean system, flavored ubuntu, faster to boot and to use. Hope you guys might enjoy it. I just love doing this light install in my virtualized servers to do some performance tests and benchmarks.

Taken and adapted from this very useful website:




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