Minimal Installs with CD-ROM

Little Girl littlergirl at
Tue May 20 03:39:59 UTC 2014

Hey there,

Steve Lawrence wrote:

> I would like to install Kubuntu on an ancient desktop which has a
> CD-ROM drive (Not DVD).

How ancient is it?
> Has this been attempted?

Oh yes - many times - by a lot of us. I started with Kubuntu 7.04
Feisty Fawn back in 2008 and have stayed with Kubuntu ever since. (:

> I might have to install Lubuntu due to memory and CPU constraints,
> but specifically I'd like to know the procedure for this kind of
> install.

The procedure varies depending on your hardware and the Kubuntu
release you install. One thing that's important to do on ancient
computers is to make sure the BIOS is set up properly before you do
the installation. Here's the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx installation
guide's BIOS set-up information, which is just as useful for Kubuntu
as it is for Ubuntu:

You can find older releases of Kubuntu here:

Note that some of the releases have warnings at the top of the page
to let you know about vulnerabilities. You might want to avoid those.

If you burn one or more releases, you can boot the computer with them
to make sure it will work before installing. Even if the live CD
boots just fine, it's possible to run into an issue that makes it
difficult or impossible to install or boot or run Kubuntu. You should
be able to find a solution to any such issue by putting the Kubuntu
release name and number into Google followed by as brief and thorough
a description of the issue as possible.

One other issue you may run into is a shortage of available packages.
I'm not sure whether Ubuntu archives all packages or starts getting
rid of them once a release expires. Maybe someone else in here knows.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how you get along with
this project. I think it'll be quick and painless and leave a
pleasant aftertaste. (:

Little Girl

There is no spoon.

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