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I need a system that has only basic system commands, the minimum required drivers (network, screen, etc ...), apt and python!

It's for a project for a robot.

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There are specialized distros that will be much better suited. –  con-f-use Aug 23 '12 at 11:41
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Another option is to use the Alternate CD (text-based installer):

Minimal command-line installation

  1. On boot, select the language.
  2. This will show the boot screen; press F4 and use the arrow keys to select the "Install a command-line system" option:

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  3. Press Enter to begin installation and follow all the steps.

Customized minimal installation

    1. On boot, select the language.
  1. This will show the boot screen; press F6 and use the arrow keys to mark the "Expert Mode" option:

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  2. Press Esc and then Enter to begin installation and follow all the steps. After the base system is installed, you will have the option to install the Ubuntu Desktop or manually use aptitude to select custom packages you want to install.

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Thanks! That's what I need! –  Gabriel Spain Aug 7 '12 at 14:53
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Try the Ubuntu 'Minimal Installation CD'. It requires a network connection to download packages at installation CD though.

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