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First of all I don't have much knowledge about linux stuff.

So, I am planning to buy a netbook this week and was thinking of installing ubuntu 12.04 on it.

Is there any version of ubuntu 12.04 available to download which asks user to which package/applications the user wants to install or not so that I can get a minimal distribution for my system.

For, example

I was thinking of using Xfce or LXDE as my default desktop environment. So, the ubuntu CD let me choose whether or not I want to install Gnome/unity on my current system and at a latter stage when my installation is complete I can manually install Xfce or LXDE.

Also is this the correct way to install other desktop environments or one should first do a complete install of ubuntu and than remove and install a DE of his choice.So, if this is not the correct way than can you please point me to the correct way to achieve the other option I mentioned.

Please give UBUNTU specific anwers because I know I can get the above configuration using Xubuntu or Lubuntu.

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Please give UBUNTU specific anwers because I know I can get the above configuration using Xubuntu or Lubuntu.

Firstly: Xubuntu is Ubuntu with xfce instead of unity. And lubuntu is Ubuntu with lxde instead of unity.

If you use the alternate CD (which has a much more detailed text-mode installer than the live CD), you get to choose exactly what gets installed, so you can install a minimal system and work from there. You can find it on

You can also use the mini ISO. It uses the same installer, but is tiny, it downloads everything from the Internet: i386 or amd64

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Can you please provide the link for this alternate CD. – ronnie May 30 '12 at 19:28
Edited my response – tumbleweed May 30 '12 at 19:32
If I use mini ISO how will I configure my internet connection. Will it include network driver. – ronnie May 30 '12 at 19:34
Yes, it will include network drivers – tumbleweed May 30 '12 at 19:37
Thanks. I would have upvoted you but I don't have enough rep. – ronnie May 30 '12 at 19:38

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