How To Roll Your Own 13.04 Ubuntu Gnome Remix


Well now that news is out in the wild that Ubuntu Gnome 13.04 is now an official Ubuntu derivative, you’re probably wanting to test it out.  Problem is, there is no ISO for it.  That makes it pretty hard to try it out…  We were expecting to find an ISO ourselves after the news broke and came up short, and because of that, we decided to simply ‘roll our own’.  Seriously, no hacking required.  These simple steps will have you up and moving with Ubuntu Gnome 13.04 in no time whatsoever!  …And the best part is, you won’t have to install it alongside Unity or any other desktop operating system.

Now that that’s covered, let’s get started!

Daily Driver

To get going with this project, we decided to start with the Ubuntu Server daily build.  A bare-bones and completely up-to-date 13.04 install image is just what we need to make a plain-jane single-scoop vanilla install of Gnome Ubuntu.  Get it here.

What’s different about this version of Ubuntu from the standard desktop version?  This disk has a text-based installer and let’s you use tasksel during the installation process to decide what your server’s identity is going to be.  If you’re unfamiliar with the server installation process, we can run through it here quickly.


First, select your language for installation

Language Selection
Language Selection

Now, find “Install Ubuntu Server” and click enter.

Install Ubuntu Server
Install Ubuntu Server

Now, choose your language again.

Language Selection
Language Selection

Select your country or territory.

Select country or territory.
Select country or territory.

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Man from Mars

    I’ve been playing a lot with minimal installs so I’ve got two questions:
    1) why do you use a server install instead of the regular desktop minimal iso?
    2) is the first “apt-get upgrade” useful? At the end of minimal install all packages are already at the most recent version available in repositories. Are gnome3 ppa’s holding something more “bleeding edge” for the base system?

    • ANIS El Achèche

      You’re absolutely right MfM.. Why using an Ubuntu Server!! You can just use the minimal iso, or using an alternate CD you can choise the minimal installation from “Other options” → F6

  • Henry

    Hey MfM I don’t see any minimal iso’s for 13.04 only 12.10. Where did you get it?

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  • Albin

    Mint in Cinnamon and XFCE has been whupping Ubuntu “proper”, and this looks like a response to please Unity rejectors. I’ll give it a try on regular persistent Live USB, not with some fancy early adopter stunt.

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  • Jeremy Bicha

    Ubuntu GNOME now has official daily builds. See the announcement at

    • Dean Howell

      Jeremy. Thanks for dropping in. We mentioned news of that last night. We probably should have updated this article to reflect that. Great work! We’re really excited that this project is moving forward and that you’re a part of it.

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  • David Hamilton

    Sad to say didn’t work for me kept getting stuck at the format option

  • bigpook

    Good article. Works fine on my test box too.
    FWIW I install ssh during the install process. This allows me to ssh in to the box remotely to finish the install.