I want to install Ubuntu 11 on my Dell Mini 9. Using ubuntu.com, I created a USB drive. I was successful in running Ubuntu 11 from the USB drive. However, I could not install Ubuntu 11 from the USB drive. There was a screen that had a checklist of three items on it. One of them was having enough free space on my hard disk, which I do not. The hard disk is just too small. The installation process was blocked because of this lack of available space.
However, I understand Ubuntu does not necessarily need all the drive space specified, that smaller installs using less drive space are possible. This sounds promising, because I use a very small subset of Ubuntu, but I am not aware of what other installation options I have.
Is there a way of bypassing this requirement (or going to a custom-install) on the installer? Is there another installation program? If so, could I get it on my USB drive along with Ubuntu 11? Thank you for your help.
UPDATE: I am trying to install Ubuntu 11.10. When I booted with my USB drive, it gives me an Ubuntu desktop with an icon named "Install Ubuntu 11.10". Along the way I get the message "Hard Disk Problems Detected" (which is basically why I want to do this install). The installer asks for 4.4 G and I have 3.8 G. My Mini does not have a CD drive.