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Old 01-19-2011, 05:40 AM   #1
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Question LIghtweight Ubuntu Install using Alternate Install CD


I am trying to do a 'light' install of Ubuntu 10.04 using the alternate install CD. Here is how i am planning to do it:

1. Perform a console only installation(Standard system only on d-i tasksel)
2. Install gnome-core
3. Then install the packages i need using apt.

Now, here are the questions:
1. Would such an installation lead have any significant performance(RAM usage) advantage over a full fledged installation?

2. Is there a way i could install gnome-core from the installation CD instead of downloading them from the repository?

3. Would installing just gnome-core mean that synaptic & update-manager wouldn't be available? i am hoping that it wouldn't be the case I checked their dependencies from, it doesn't look like they need gnome-desktop-environment to be installed first.

4. Would such an install have any more device driver related issues (eg.display drivers) than a regular install?

I got the idea after reading the following blog posts

thanks in advance
Old 01-19-2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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Max. effect :

Deamons - most likely you will end up with stuff you dont need. Instead of Ubuntu, try distros that specifically dont install what you didn't ask for

Desktop - Gnome is heavy (and KDE is too), if you need a lightweight desktop use something else. The difference in speed when installing the same desktop in different ways won't be noticed (in the distros I tried)

Sometimes (very common with KDE) a computer will run slowly because of unaccelerated graphics, and will run much better if you install proper accelerated graphics drivers (ATI / Nvidia / Intel)

No effect :

Applications - They use no ram and no cpu when they are not open. You dont get any performance boost from not installing synaptic and other apps. Install them so you can use them, but dont open them when not needed
Old 01-19-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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yes , but if you really want a lightweight distro try puppy linux..
Old 01-19-2011, 05:22 PM   #4
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If you want it to perform faster then you need to configure the install for your hardware and your uses. Consider LFS or Gentoo instead may be my thinking.
Old 01-21-2011, 12:17 AM   #5
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thank you all for your replies...

the reason i was thinking of using Ubuntu as a starting point is that i intend to use remastersys for backup/dist.
i tried Xubuntu, it has an XFCE desktop in place of Ubuntu's GNOME, the vanilla installation takes up almost 250MB of RAM right after logging into GUI. iam trying get that figure as low as i can.
Old 01-21-2011, 02:07 AM   #6
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Actually from my experience i feel packages installed on pc and RAM usage have only a narrow relation.
Consumes RAM only when any of the instance of installed program is running.
You can install whatever you want .but dnt run unless they are required.
you can customize booting and startup scripts,so that pc can work fast.
Old 01-21-2011, 07:16 AM   #7
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i am trying to cut down on daemons (as Latios said), so i thought i will build from scratch instead of uninstalling stuff from a vanilla install. plus this way it'll only have stuff i absolutely need.


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