I am using a computer with a very strict space limit - less than 1000MB. For various reasons, I have the 2GB needed to install it, but I now need to shrink it down as much as I can.

For that reason, I've listed all the packages sorted by size, but I am not sure what I can remove safely.

Is there anything that can go?

  • It's a bit broad / primarily opinion-based, as long as I have a shell, coreutils, a package manager and networking I'd call it an OS :). Maybe you should start fresh with Ubuntu Server (~600MB)? – kos Jan 17 '16 at 15:28
  • @kos hmm, I need GUI (this is installed simply for inkscape) It started at about 650, I've made it 800 with inkscape so I'm trying to cut it down :P – Tim Jan 17 '16 at 15:29
  • Hmmm Lubuntu Desktop 15.10 is ~780MB. – kos Jan 17 '16 at 15:31
  • You could get the minimal installation iso, install a GUI and Inkscape. Much less than 2 GB. – Eduardo Cola Jan 17 '16 at 16:46

This question would be too long and broad to answer; on the other hand, uninstalling random packages is not really a good idea.

What you should do instead is (as suggested in the comments) perform a clean reinstall with a minimal ISO and select only the GUI amongst the packages to include (plus Inkscape, since you need it).

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    Did this about 10 minutes ago! – Tim Jan 17 '16 at 18:31

A good choice is to do a fresh Ubuntu Server-based install, because it's robust and minimal. Consider not to install LAMP, if it's not the purpose.

After that,

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends lubuntu-desktop


sudo apt install --no-install-recommends xubuntu-desktop

So you won't install all stuff that normally comes with full install.

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