[ubuntu-uk] install just the command-line

Dave Morley davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk
Fri Jul 24 11:26:28 BST 2009

On Thu, 2009-07-23 at 18:26 +0100, Rob Beard wrote:
> doug livesey wrote:
> > Hi -- I have a laptop that is really struggling to display anything, 
> > as something that handles display in both windows & the Ubuntu loader 
> > is very gone.
> > (Trying to install Xubuntu, I get as far as clicking "next" on the 
> > keyboard layout chooser, then weird stripes begin to follow the mouse 
> > around, and we hang. Not especially healthy.)
> > Not really liking to let things die gracefully & be at peace, I 
> > wondered if I could perhaps install just the basic, command-line parts 
> > of Ubuntu (linux with all the package managers, I guess) & see if I 
> > can get it running as a little server for cron jobs or something that 
> > I can just ssh on to.
> > What would I be looking for to do this?
> > Cheers,
> >    Doug.
> My first thought would be to use either the Ubuntu Server CD and install 
> a basic install of Ubuntu Server which is text only, you can add stuff 
> as you need it (and IIRC during installation you can specify functions 
> for it such as web server, print server, mail server, file server etc).
> Other than that you may want to have a look at the Xubuntu Alternative 
> CD which is a text only installer which you can either install Xubuntu 
> with or if I'm right also install a text only installation.
> Not sure too if Ubuntu JeOS (is that right?) would be any good.  I 
> gather it's aimed more at virtual machines and it includes the bare 
> minimum OS which you can build on.

If you after a minimal install the 2 obvious ways are:

1/ install ubuntu server

2/ install from alternate cd and select minimal install which install
ubuntu-base and core iirc. you can do what you want from there.
Seek That Thy Might Know

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