I'm currently attempting to set up an Ubuntu VM for development. All I need is the core OS with a gui, a file manager, web browser and text editor. I'd then be installing tools like git, a JDK and eclipse. I don't need things like libreoffice so would rather not have them to keep the VM size small.
I'm NOT keen on unity and while I've been attempting to do this I've found I rather like default the desktop environment of Ubuntu Studio. But i understand that version of Ubuntu is mainly for media creators, not a programmer.
I'd like to know if there's a way of configuring Ubuntu as I'm installing it so It'd only have the components I need as well as a desktop environment that isn't Unity or LXDE.
I've currently got a minimal install with just a command line, but that's it and would need to know how to install the GUI and the utilities I need, but I get the feeling I missed a step in the minimal installer which would have done this. That is unless I'm mistaken and Ubuntu studio is usable for what i need.
I've used Ubuntu a bit but not had to do this amount of fiddling about so I've no idea how to accomplish what I'm after. Can anyone help?