It's something like Chromium-OS, however even more minimal.

I was thinking, if it is possible at all??? That I use an Ubuntu 12.04 minimal, just to install the base OS, and then on top of it only the chromium browser, without any GUI like gnome, KDE, etc.

If this is not possible, then is it possible to browse the internet directly through the terminal which comes immediately after installing the base minimal OS. I don't want to install anything except for a GUI browser (not the text browser).


Just install Xorg, your graphic card driver, and Chrome. Then put Chrome in Xorg's startup script (.xinitrc). Though if you want something minimal like that you'd probably be more suited with Arch Linux, which is designed to let you build up your whole system from the ground (without too much effort).

Some command line web browsers are Links and Lynx.

I'm not sure, but this should be how to achieve it...

  1. sudo apt-get install xorg chromium-browser
  2. Install your graphic card driver. You can choose whether you want the open source or the proprietary one. If you can tell me what graphic card you have, I'll try to tell you which driver you need. The MESA driver should work with any card, if I'm not mistaken, but has terrible performance.
  3. echo chromium-browser >> .xinitrc (Might be a different command. once again; I'm not sure.)
  4. startx
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  • Thanks, I will surly try Arch linux, However I would like to stick to Ubuntu for a while. It would be a great help if you may tell the commands/procedure to achieve this within the terminal. – Bhavesh Diwan May 23 '12 at 12:58
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    @Z9iT What you can do with Arch you can also with Ubuntu mini most of the times, in this case I don't see the advantage of going for Arch just for that. – Bruno Pereira May 23 '12 at 13:09
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    @Z9iT Added a simple guide, but I'm not sure whether it will exactly work like that. – RobinJ May 23 '12 at 13:23
  • @BrunoPereira, I will surly stick to Ubuntu for this while. However it would be really appreciable if the command line instruction for what said may be available. – Bhavesh Diwan May 23 '12 at 13:30
  • @RobinJ, On my present system, ther's no graphics card. The display is via onboard VGA. However the Ubuntu install is on a Pen-Drive thus some sort of universal / generic driver may be useful if its used on other system. – Bhavesh Diwan May 23 '12 at 13:54

Use a minimal X configuration with a very lite desktop manager like Openbox, the following command will install the X server, the desktop manager and very little other packages

sudo apt-get install openbox obconf

you can then call up a desktop session with startx and run Chrome inside it or modify your .xinitc to auto start a desktop session with Chrome running as a startup application.

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  • What about blackbox ? I think it is light weight than openbox :) – Tachyons May 23 '12 at 13:14
  • The same, I just recommended one out of my magic hat, both will do or something else. Depends on the customer's taste :) – Bruno Pereira May 23 '12 at 13:16

You can browse the Internet via the apps lynx or curl.

sudo apt-get install curl or sudo apt-get install lynx.

curl|lynx www.askubuntu.com

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  • Does lynx or curl support grafic interface, or only the Text mode? Which one may support Browsing Gmail and Facebook. I hav already tried curl, however I failed to use it to the fullest. – Bhavesh Diwan May 23 '12 at 12:43
  • It only supports a text mode. – OrangeTux May 23 '12 at 12:51

There exists lots of command line browsers. They are lynx, links, elinks...

Some command line download managers are: wget, aria...

All of these are available in ubuntu repository, and can be installed using apt-get install command.

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  • Also try Lubuntu, it uses minimal desktop LXDE http://lubuntu.net/ – dixoncx May 23 '12 at 12:54
  • Is there any option for GUI browsing? – Bhavesh Diwan May 23 '12 at 13:01
  • No, they are command line only browser..:( – dixoncx May 23 '12 at 13:10

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