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I want to install Ubuntu on a mini PC which has only 3.5GB disk space. Do you have any recommendations?

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Lubuntu 13.10 has a minimal desktop environment that is suitable for low-end hardware like your mini PC, however even Lubuntu requires at least 4.7GB of available disk space for best results.

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Instructions for installing Lubuntu 13.10 and later on the mini PC

  1. Boot the Lubuntu live USB.

  2. Open a terminal. Type sudo -i leafpad /usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/misc.py. Click on Options and select line number. At about line #853 will be something like "min_disk size = size x 2 #fudge factor", change 2 to 1.4 and then save.

  3. Run the Install Lubuntu. It should now say minimum disk size 3GB. Just be sure when you get to the disk partition/install part select Other and set up the drive as one ext4 partition as /. No swap; a page will come up saying you didn't make a swap partition, but just ignore it.

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    Now that's what I am talking about. A minimal ubuntu distro. How can I have it more minimized than 4.7GB? Maybe disabling swap may help? +1 for your try – kamil Dec 27 '13 at 16:02
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    @kamil In my opinion the "best results" in the screenshot means two things stability and performance. The lightweight varieties of Ubuntu are not as user friendly as Ubuntu so you have to fall back and use the terminal more. That's OK if you don't mind using the terminal. However if you run short on the system requirements, you may have stability and performance issues. You don't have any drive space for updates or installing software, but you should watch out for these issues in your web browser. Modern web browser are memory hogs, so if you disable swap, it may slow down your browser. – karel Dec 27 '13 at 16:14
  • I know that. I don't want a terminal interface. GUI is a most. I won't need more space because I won't use a browser. All what I need are some remote desktop clients and to burn CD/DVDs – kamil Dec 27 '13 at 16:17
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    Boot the Lubuntu live USB. Open a terminal. Type gksu leafpad /usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/misc.py Click on Options and select line number. At about line #853 will be something like "min_disk size = size x 2 #fudge factor", change 2 to 1.4 then save and run the Install Lubuntu. It should now say minimum disk size 3GB. Just be sure when you get to the disk partition/install part select Other and set up the drive as one ext4 partition as /. No swap; a page will come up saying you didn't make a swap partition, but just ignore it. thecure – karel Dec 27 '13 at 16:34
  • You are awesome! I will try it and get back tomorrow to post my result here. thanks a lot – kamil Dec 27 '13 at 16:39
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If you want Ubuntu installed and not any one of these Small Linux Distros, you can install it to a USB Flash Drive or USB External Hard Drive. I have a USB Flash Drive that is 64GB and it barley sticks out of my computer. (64 GB Flash Drive on Amazon)

  • this is not an option for my company – kamil Dec 27 '13 at 7:11
  • @kamil Well then it is pretty darn hard you need to shrink the other partitions such as the Windows C:/ drive. – user179946 Dec 28 '13 at 5:23
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    what about @karel answer? using lubuntu ! – kamil Dec 28 '13 at 5:27
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You actually have several options. Personally I love crunchbang.

8 small linux distros

  • Just thought I'd ask, are you trying to dual-boot? Does the machine already have an OS and there is only 3.5GB left? Because now that I'm thinking about it, that would be a pretty small partition. You could probably install the OS, but not much else added onto it. – SomaComa Dec 26 '13 at 13:38
  • it will be the only OS. I am using a mini pc to behave like dump terminal workstation for remote desktop using freenx and x2go and xrdp – kamil Dec 27 '13 at 7:05
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    your options are not ubuntu! – kamil Dec 27 '13 at 7:11
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Ubuntu Mini Remix is a fully working Ubuntu install containing only the minimal set of software to make the system work. Ubuntu Mini Remix install is around 200MB. http://www.ubuntu-mini-remix.org

Hope this helps :) - @billy_hendry

  • this is not user friendly like Lubuntu and is a terminal interface Ubuntu operating system. but this is the smallest you can get in the way of Ubuntu – billy_hendry Jan 10 '14 at 11:09

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