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I have a very limited hard disk space

Is it possible to install lubuntu using tasksel on a USB disk for example?

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Nope. "tasksel" will use the pre-defined locations for files for installing. Any installation method in Ubuntu for installing a complete desktop will be into the default location unless you want to install it compiling it all yourself.

The are some easier alternatives.

If you have 2 USB sticks you could download the ISO to 1 stick and install it onto the other one using the "startup disk creator".

Or create 2 partitions on the USB stick (1 just large enough to store the ISO) and then install onto the 2nd partition (see Live USB on a 2-partition usb-drive )

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  • Thank you, the thing is booting from USB will significantly slow down the performance; there's a 4GB SSD built in. Is there a way to change these "default locations"? – loo3y35 Jun 4 '15 at 7:48
  • @HosamHittini Don't thank posters! ;-) If you like the answer, just click the little grey under the "0" now turning it into beautiful green. ;-) – Fabby Jun 4 '15 at 12:43
  • @Fabby I'm still expecting a reply. – loo3y35 Jun 4 '15 at 12:44
  • @HosamHittini: Your original question has been answered. If you have any further questions, go to askubuntu.com/questions/ask – Fabby Jun 4 '15 at 13:00
  • @Fabby If the "default locations" can be changed, the answer would be different – loo3y35 Jun 4 '15 at 13:01

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