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I am currently running Ubuntu Server 10.10 through a virtual machine to use as a stack for web development and a chance to get to grips with the Ubuntu command line, however I'd really like to set up a clean, minimal install with only the bare minimum of core utilities so I can get only what I need as I go along.

The Ubuntu Server iso seems to install a lot of extras already and I'd prefer just the bare minimum so I can spend more time aquainting myself with the installation and set up of the packages I need. Can I obtain an image that does this?

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This is what the ubuntu-minimal images are for. ~15MB of lean, mean Ubuntu. But if you're anything like me, you'll likely just end up installing it all back. Quite a few things require ubuntu-standard which layers on most of what the server disk installs.

You can read more about ubuntu-minimal and download it from the official help page.

Edit: Okay I've just done a minimal install. It does download extra packages as part of the installation and it's more that it really needs to run a base system.

The output of du -sh / is 632MB. It's a bit heftier than the previously advertised 15MB but it does install ubuntu-standard which I'm sure there is some way of avoiding. I've experienced it first hand because one of my server companies offers bare-minimal Ubuntu installs without ubuntu-standard.

I'll keep looking.

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Oh, apologies if I'm mistaken but reading similar FAQs gave the impression that the ubuntu-minimal installation worked like the normal one but grabbed all the packages from online rather than off the image? Or is there an option to specify no extra packages to be installed at install time? –  persepolis Apr 5 '11 at 9:49
@persepolis Errm, it's been a while. Let me download it and see in a VM. –  Oli Apr 5 '11 at 10:13
@persepolis, minimal's generally grab packages from the net if you're connected, or else you need to mount and get the repo on the CD recognised. –  Oxwivi Apr 5 '11 at 10:54

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