I am attempting to install the smallest desktop environment possible on an IBM Lenovo T43 laptop with a 40 GiB HDD. Currently running Ubuntu/Xubuntu 18.04 for 32 bit with xfce4 GUI.
My goal was to install the Ubuntu minimal iso from a USB, wipe Ubuntu from Dev/mapping/ (because it's 37 GiB), then to sudo apt-get install xubuntu-core. However, none of that is relevant, because when I boot from USB, I'm led through a series of prompts to setup a network configuration. I'm being asked to enter data which I can only guess at: wap2/wep "passphrase", host name, ip adress, gateway, and domain name.
After getting through that, I'm offered a menu of mirros to choose from; though apparently none of them work (no matter which one I select): i receive an error message indicating either it's the wrong mirror or perhaps there is a connection problem (there's not, I've checked it multiple times now).
That is where the ride ends. I can't proceed with the install because I can't get passed this mirror issue. Again, though I'm in the United States, I've tried multiple mirrors, including the United States...without regard to proximity to the United States.
I'm using my home AT&T U-verse/broadband wifi as a connection. In order for this install to work, do I need to be hardwired into the router? I'm open to any and all troubleshooting tips, hacks, or solutions (with the exception of any involving installation of unstable PPAs). Thanks in advance for helping me think through this dilemma.