Light Ubuntu: Install Basic Gnome Desktop On Ubuntu Server

I’m working on an embedded hardware for a Mono touch screen application ported from a .NET 2.o existing application and I want to use Ubuntu, but I have an embedded system with a small solid state disk of 2 GB.

No way to install Ubuntu Desktop, it takes about 3.5 GB, so I choose Ubuntu Server and in some way selecting packages to fit in 2GB.

So this is what I have done:

1 Install Ubuntu Server with minimal packages

… nothing to say, this is very simple.

2 Install Gnome Desktop (only Gnome, without OpenOffice, Firefox, Evolution e Co)

Login with your username and password, update packages with:

sudo apt-get update

Install Gnome-only with:

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

If you install standard ubuntu-desktop package (ommitting –no-install-recommends), it contains as recommended packages a very large number of application, sometimes usefull, sometimes not, and last one is my case, I want only gnome.

Once it’s done, reboot and login in Gnome GUI:

sudo reboot

Now 1.3 GB are used:

3 Upgrade and Clean Up

Usually I prefer to interact with a graphical interface, to do this click on System menĂ¹, Administration, Update Manager.

Otherwise to update packages list, type on terminal:

sudo apt-get update

After this upgrade old packages:

sudo apt-get upgrade

and finally clean orphans:

sudo apt-get autoremove

At the end here disk space status:

This is a simple result with simple steps, but I have to working on to remove other things and gain free space to install Mono, but it’s another quest!

Bye

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6 Responses to “Light Ubuntu: Install Basic Gnome Desktop On Ubuntu Server”

  1. squid says:

    Thanks, nice tip and very clear intructions.

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  2. Wojtek says:

    Thanks. :-)

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  3. unib says:

    What about using Lubuntu – Light weight Ubunutu!
    see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu for more details…

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  4. NaTaN says:

    thenks. :)

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  5. zandok says:

    Thanks…. Man Im new on linux servers .

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  6. MXX says:

    Cool, that I need, thanx.

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