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With the Ubuntu minimal CD, I remember in the past that I was able to install Ubuntu with only the required drivers for my hardware, but I can't find it anymore.

Did I was dreaming?

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Maybe you were dreaming, or maybe you read something about compiling a custom kernel, which gives you thousands of options of what you may include or exclude.

This is Ubuntu's documentation for compiling your own kernel: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Kernel/Compile

The problem with this is you'll be solely responsible for its stability and maintenance; it will not be an official Ubuntu-provided kernel - and it's a fair bit of work. You don't get much gain in terms of disk space, and you lose a lot in terms of incompatibility with certain hardware.

Ubuntu does provide some different flavours of pre-built kernel. Where the normal one is linux-image-generic one other they provide is linux-image-virtual which has a much reduced set of device drivers, intended for running as a guest in a VM (the drivers included should provide support across the major platforms: Qemu/KVM, Xen, etc).

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