wrote on the 30 Oct 10 at 03:06
By 'the command line version of Ubuntu', do you mean the ubuntu-standard metapackage? Or something different?
Please elaborate on the benefit of this new distribution. Who is it aimed at? How big a market is it? One of the big advantages of the two current methods is that they are easy. Is the added confusion to other users worth the (minor) bandwidth savings? Especially since this seems aimed at the users who are proficient at CLI, and probably best understand package management.
I mean the version of Ubuntu you can install without Gnome, KDE, or XFCE or even X11. Probably the ubuntu-standard metapackage but I can't be sure.
The benefit would be that people could roll there own version of Ubuntu that would fit on a CD. At the moment the CD is around 700mb, so nothing can be added. Lots of people could use this version to customise using LDXE, Fvwm, JWM, Openbox, Fluxbox ect. and other applications. It would be brilliant.
wrote on the 30 Oct 10 at 19:25
Creating a whole new distro cd (the Rationale) merely to create custom install images seems unecessarily complicated. Users can already create their own custom install images on any Ubuntu system. The tools are in the repositories, and the tutorials are just a search engine away.
Unfortunately, like I said, the CDs are already ~700mb so any customisation would mean the user would have to burn a DVD.
Not even Debian has a stripped down command line version for this purpose. I think it would fill in a niche market. No other linux distribution offers a cli environment with apt-get. I thoroughly believe that this needs fixing from the people with the appropriate know how.
wrote on the 31 Oct 10 at 03:13
You don't need to install any additional packages. A complete CLI environment is included with the ubuntu-standard metapackage, which is already part of every installation image except the minimal CD. You're talking about simply removing all the GUI packages from an alternate image (or adding ubuntu-standard and its dependencies to a minimal image). So most of https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallCDCustomization is much easier than it looks - you're not customizing any settings or environments, you're just changing the list of installed packages and the package cache.
If you have network access, you can get the same result even more easily with a minimal (or netboot) install, then 'sudo apt-get install ubuntu-standard'.
The server install image is CLI-only, (well, it was last time I used it), so someone does do it...but includes LAMP and other tools that are specific to that mission.