I will tell you from the very start. This is neither my idea, nor my realisation. But I like it so much that I decided to share it with the wider public.
While Windows installer allows you to choose the components you want to install, of course to a certain degree, I have not seen any Linux installers so far which give you the same level of choice. Unfortunately, most Linux installers only allow you to copy the contents of a distribution ISO image to the hard drive. Then you can do whatever you want: uninstall, re-install or add components.
The reader and commenter of my blog under the nickname Psychorat decided to change the approach and created... the script. Yes, this is a script which guides you through selection of different components for Ubuntu, and then installs them.
You could watch the development of the script as Psychorat commented under the Debian XFCE review.
And now the results are published to the wider public.
So, what do you need? Internet connection, CD or USB stick and some time.
Here are your further steps:
Grab a mini.iso image from official Ubuntu mirror and install a basic system without any extra packages.
After the reboot you have to login and run these 3 commands at the terminal (if you can't see the login press CTRL-ALT-F1) :
$ wget http://www.fileden.com/files/2012/1/23/3253730//rmc011.sh
$ sudo chmod +x rmc011.sh
Here is a short video showing one of the beta-versions of the script in action:
How much of resources does take Ubuntu after Psychorat's script?
Here are data measured without extra software installed:
|Version||Disk size||Memory usage|
Psychorat also gives you some recommendations:
- Enabling Sound : Unmute and raise the levels of the "Master" and "PCM" channels in your system audio mixer.
- Chromium Browser : In "Preferences" > "Personal Stuff", change the "Appearance" option to "Use GTK+ Theme" to match your desktop theme.
- I can't hear any sound.
- Some programs are icon-less.
- Gtk apps look ugly and not integrated to Kde theme.
- Gtk theme settings have no effect on gtk applications.
- Xfce panel Sound volume plugin.
E17-BASIC / E17-CORE
- LXDM login manager problem : Annoying error message about wrong window manager.
- The Obconf extension for Lxappearance removed because does not show previews. You can always change your windows theme with the Openbox configuration manager.
- The gnome-alsamixer replaced with alsamixergui because of a lubuntu related bug that make it crash on start.(i know that alsamixergui is not "fit" to desktop theme, but its better than nothin' :) The other alternatives are not working either).
And now my question to you: how do you like it? Is it the first step to the future of Linux installers?
After some research I found the screenshot which proves my point about option to choose the components of installed Winsows Operating System. Unfortunately, the latest version I could find the screenshots for is Windows 98, but it still proves my point, doesn't it?