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How to Install A Minimal (And Non-Bloated) Ubuntu On Your Old Laptop

Ubuntu was the first user friendly Linux based operating system, which no doubt, picked up the pace and became one of the most popular platform for running a computer’s hardware. Earlier, it was light, small in size, and was great at performance. But, these days, the operating system has been bloated with a lot of stuff which isn’t required by everyone.

The apps and packages it comes preinstalled, aren’t meant to be useful for every user. Thus, most of the users are looking for the striped version of the OS. Well, luckily for all of us, there is a minimal Ubuntu version available officially, which can be used right away.

The minimal version clearly means, that it doesn’t offer unwanted applications or the bloatwares. These apps are named bloatwares, as they come pre-loaded with the shipment but are never used in most the cases.

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Still, because they are present physically, they consume CPU resources and storage available on the system. Thus, if you’re never willing to use them, they are of no use, and so you should either remove them, or look for a simpler version of the OS itself.

Benefits of using this version is clear to you, I guess. Yes, the system will work at its best and you won’t be able to experience a lot of performance issues, which might have been very common in the old system at your end.

Install minimal Ubuntu on your old laptop/PC

As I’ve cleared above, the minimal or smaller version of this operating system is for those who are having an older computer or laptop, which can’t fit the modern amenities. So, this is the solution for the old system at your end, and I’m sure you came here for the same.

Following part will consists of the simple steps, which you need to go through and once you’re done, the minimal version of Ubuntu OS will be installed at your end.

Step 1 – Start with downloading the minimal version of Ubuntu package from its official website. Once you are at that location, then you’ve to follow the link as per the architecture (32 or 64-bit) of your system, and an ISO file will start downloading. The size of this file is very small, around 30-40MB.

Step 2 – Now, the only down side of this method we are discussing over here, is that it doesn’t work with a USB device. You need to burn that ISO (image) file into a CD or DVD. I’m sure you hadn’t forget the way you use to burn data into a CD or DVD. So, go ahead and do the same.

Step 3 – Now, arrange a LAN connection for the PC or laptop you’re trying to install Ubuntu inside. Connect it with an active LAN connection, which is setup completely to run the internet perfectly.

Step 4 – Insert the CD into the CD-ROM, and you’ll see an option to boot from the CD. Follow the on-screen instructions, and the setup process will begin.

Step 5 – Once the system proceeds ahead, you’ll see an option to click on, which will begin the installation process, right away. So, proceed with the same. Yes, click on ‘Install’ option ahead.

Step 6 – Finally, select the language you wish to install this operating system for, and let it detect the keyboard layout automatically. You can also do this selection manually.

Step 7 – After few processes, it will ask you to put a name to the system, like you’ve done in case of Windows system. Once nomenclature is done, press the Continue button.

Step 8 – Now, Ubuntu will like to download rest of the package. So, you’ve to select the nearest possible server location from the drop-down. And, if you’re connected via a Proxy, then enter those details, otherwise move ahead with default options.

Step 9 – Give it some time, as it will download the package. At time of formatting the disc, it will offer you few options. Proceed with the one as per the scene at your end. I’ll recommend going with complete format method.

Step 10 – Sit back and relax, as half of the work is done. Once its over, you’ll be asked to enter User name and password credentials for booting up the system every time, securely.

Step 11 – Now, select the option that says, ‘Install security updates automatically’ and move ahead. And, at the next screen, choose the option which installs the Ubuntu completely on the system, not virtually.

Step 12 – It will ask you to install certain packages of its own, and you need to move ahead with Yes button clicked, every time.

Finally, you’ll see a message regarding the success of event, and its the time that you remove the CD from the CD-ROM.

Now, this has completely installed the perfectly working system at your end and that too in a minimal form. Thus, you’re going to experience a very promising system, even on the old hardware.

There are still few things left, which I’m following down here. These will install the additional packages required for the system to work effectively.

Step 1 – Restart the system when you’re done with its installation and press ‘ALT + F1’ keys together. Now, enter the following command into the prompt screen.

sudo apt-get install gdm network-manager

Step 2 – Now, install the Gnome-core package which will install its whole library. Following code is need to executed to make it happen.

sudo apt-get install gnome-core

Step 3 – Now, finally, you’ve to run one more command, and the system will be ready to move ahead.

sudo start gdm

Over to you

This is all from my side and I guess you found the working guide perfectly working at your end, practically. If you need assistance on any related matter, then kindly share your side in the discussion section. But, if it worked, then its time for you to share it with rest of your social friends online. Peace!

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