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I have a 1G USB key, and CDs (which are 700M).

Most of the instructions for Ubuntu say get a 2G stick. Many links to a USB key that is smaller are old, and point back to the Ubuntu site, which now says 2G USB key.

What are up to date instructions to make a smaller LiveCD to run?

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    Try Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME or Xubuntu instead - all have images that fit within 1G. – muru Apr 5 '15 at 20:27
  • If the .iso is < 1 Gb it should work. Otherwise you would have to make a custom, smaller .iso – Panther Apr 5 '15 at 20:28
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I agree with Bodhi, that you can create bootable USB media that fit only slightly more data than the size of the original ISO image. I ran Ubuntu 12.04 (~800 MB) as a live system and installed it off a 1 GiB USB drive without any issues.

Alternatively, you can use a Minimal CD image or create your own Ubuntu remix.

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