How To Roll Your Own 13.04 Ubuntu Gnome Remix


Now, configure your disks.  For this project, I used the whole drive.

Configure your hard drive.
Configure your hard drive.
Write changes to disk.
Write changes to disk.

Next, you can configure how you want to receive updates to your system.  If you want them to be handled like a standard Linux install, select “no automatic updates”.

Select your update method.
Select your update method.

Use Tasksel to choose the identity of your machine.  Unless you have any real plans on using this as a server of any kind, you can leave all of these blank.  None are required for this setup.

Using Tasksel.  If you don't know what it is, you probably just don't need it.
Using Tasksel. If you don’t know what it is, you probably just don’t need it.

OK, we’re almost out of the woods here.  Install grub to your installation target, or first disk in the system.

Installing Grub.
Installing Grub.

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  • 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.