I am trying to trim down hard drive space requirements of ubuntu; for that reason, I am trying to get a bare minimum install of ubuntu

I tried (using a preseeding file) install the target as ubuntu-minimal, but it ran into 1.1GB (14.10) I tried ubuntu-standard, which is around 917MB

All I want it is , grub2, kernel, ssh and a shell + login. Any dependency of these packages are all right. But how can I get this bare minimal install?

I tried ubuntu-core-remix. But, there is no installer and I have no idea to get the list of packages that distro has.

I am from redhat/fedora world. First time trying out ubuntu.

What do you suggest? go through apt-get, aptitude ..etc documentation? While I am at that, can someone suggest something that may take a little less time?


  • I got a very slim version by using server, and then just choosing what I wanted to install. You can install very minimal things, but you may have to mess with your mirror lists, and other settings. – No Time Jan 30 '15 at 4:39
  • I am going to try that out. But, how can I create a preseed file from an existing install? [askubuntu.com/questions/585970/… – Om Narasimhan Feb 16 '15 at 2:56
  • I have not done this. This is a link to a how to (an old version 10.04) using a preconfig file and ubuntu installer, otherwise they do say you can use a kickstart file.. but I think that is dated. – No Time Feb 16 '15 at 5:11

Don't think there is something that small. Ubuntu Core is probably the smallest of the images available, and still you get python and APT framework, and more stuff deemed essential. Here is an installation example.

PS:There is no Ubuntu Core for 14.10.

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