ubuntu light install

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This article is meant to explain simply, and step by step, how to create a light installation of ubuntu 12.04LTS.


Unity, Gnome, KDE are very heavy. It cannot run there, on my DELL Optiplex GX280 2Gb RAM. This is quite a challenge to have a modern environment on such an old comp (at least 6-8 years). I also want to use this article as an introduction to the installation of custom E-UAE running amiga OS AND/OR AROS linux hosted.

Targeted system

– Ubuntu 12.04 server LTS 32bits/64bits OR Ubuntu 16.04LTS

– use of tint2 and openbox

This is MY way, but this should be usefull for everyone.  

Download Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS 32 or 64 bits

Do it there :


Burn the iso

(or make a bootable usb with the iso using


boot your comp’

using the media you created in 2

during the installation

do not choose any package to install


and log on for the first time with the user you created during the install process. For the moment, there is no need for an X server, so you just have a black screen with a prompt, and it is just enough to begin !

These are the packages i installeD

Using the command

sudo apt-get install [package-name]

All the tutorial is below. Don’t forget it’s a huge work to write those articles, please show me you support in liking my facebook page !

Usefull ressources

There are my configuration for openbox :

-openbox startup : autostart

If you want more informations about nitrogen, conky or tint2, please, have a look there :

– about tint2 : http://code.google.com/p/tint2/wiki/Install

– about conky : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpConky

– about nitrogen :…

– There is there an other way to replace unity with openbox (straight to the end : install LUbuntu) : http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/vh4yd/replacing_unity_with_openbox/

– About Openbox (in french) : http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/openbox