I have recently installed Ubuntu on my Windows machine using the ~2.8 MB windows Installer. The installer then downloaded the necessary stuffs to complete the setup. This process took around 2 hours on a 5 mbps download speed.
On reviewing the initial installation, I have noticed that a lot of applications are installed, some of which I may or may not use.
My point is, is there a way to setup Ubuntu, so that the minimal amount of applications will be installed, and thus speed up the setup process by reducing the downloaded content.