Ubuntu.com/desktopUbuntu Linux is a fabulous computer operating system. However, it comes with a lot of stuff that many users don’t need, which causes it to be a little bloated and heavy. If you’re looking to make your Ubuntu system, lighter, we’ll show you how to do it in this guide.
The best way to make Ubuntu lighter is to start a new installation and make use of the new “minimal installation” option in the Ubuntu installer. It gives users a much less bloated setup with a browser and basic utilities, instead of all of the many pieces of software that is traditionally comes with.
During this guide, you will need to wipe your computer and do a new installation of Ubuntu. This process is safe. However, you should create a backup of your data, just in case. For more information on creating system backups, follow this guide.
Ubuntu Linux is available for download at Ubuntu.com/desktop. As of writing this guide, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is the most current release. As a result, we will be covering 20.04 LTS in the tutorial. However, this method will work with any version of Ubuntu, provided it has the “Minimal Installation” feature.
Download Ubuntu by clicking on the green “Download Ubuntu” button on the Ubuntu.com/desktop page. Then, once you’ve clicked on the download button, move on to the next page and click on the download button next to “Ubuntu 20.04 LTS”.
Once Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is downloaded to your computer, move on to the next section of the guide.
Creating the Ubuntu live disk
Now that the Ubuntu ISO file is done downloading, it is time to create the Ubuntu live disk. To create the Ubuntu live disk plug in your USB flash drive (at least 2 GB in size) into the USB port. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Step 1: Download the Etcher USB/SD Card imaging program from Etcher.io for Linux, unzip it from the Zip archive, and double-click on the Etcher AppImage file inside to launch the program.
Step 2: In Etcher, locate the “Select Image” button, and click on it with the mouse. Then, browse for the Ubuntu ISO file downloaded earlier.
Step 3: Select your USB flash drive from the “Select target” menu.
Step 4: Find the “Flash!” button, and click on it to start the flashing process.
When the flashing process is complete, reboot your PC and load it into your BIOS. Configure your PC to boot from USB to start the installation process.
Installing the light version of Ubuntu
To install the light version of Ubuntu, start by clicking on the “Install Ubuntu” button in the “Welcome” window. After clicking on “Install Ubuntu,” follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Step 1: The first thing to do in the Ubuntu installation is to choose a keyboard layout. Find the keyboard layout you prefer in the available ones listed. Then, click on the “Continue” button.
Need to test out your layout? Try using the typing box provided.
Step 2: On the next page, we can configure the new Ubuntu installation. Look for the “What apps would you like to start with” on the “Updates and other software” page.
Under the “What apps would you like to start with” page, there are two options. The first option is “Normal installation.” The second option is “Minimal installation.” To create a lighter version of Ubuntu Linux, check the box next to “Minimal installation.”
Note: be sure to select the “Install third-party software” box if you require third-party codecs and drivers.
Click on the “Continue” button to move to the next page.
Step 3: Following the “Updates and other software” page, you will need to select an Ubuntu installation option. Look through the available choices and select the one that best suits your needs.
Warning: do not choose the “Something else” option unless you are an Ubuntu Linux expert and have the know-how to partition your own hard drive manually! You will mess something up if you are not careful!
Click “Continue” after selecting your installation type.
Step 4: After selecting your installation type in the Ubuntu installer, you’ll see the “Where are you?” page. Use this page to select where you live on the world map. By selecting where you live, you’ll be able to set the correct time zone.
When done setting the time zone, find the “Continue” button, and click on it to move on to the next page in the installation process.
Step 5: Once you’ve selected where you are, you will need to tell the Ubuntu installer “Who you are.” Using the UI, fill out your name, computer’s name, username, and password. Then, click “Continue” to move on.
Step 6: With your user information filled out, the installer will proceed to set up your new lighter version of Ubuntu. Sit back and be patient.
When the installation is complete, reboot your computer. Upon logging back in, you will be using a new, lighter Ubuntu!