In Ubuntu 18.04 I want to delete all secondary software (all software which isn't drivers or that is required for basic operating of the system).

For example in Ubuntu I want to delete all games, all general usage apps (as for Email), all Amazon apps, the GUI automatic updater, and even the software center manager, etc.

I want to have a super minimal Ubuntu that I would gear up from scratch, per my needs via a script I already prepared.

How could I remove all that software in one go, fast? Thanks.

EDIT --- I need GUI because I love the Ubuntu red-purple-orange-brown GUI.


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You could start with Ubuntu Server, which is a very minimal install if you do not select any of the additional packages.

  • But I need Ubuntu GUI. It has GUI?
    – user277512
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 19:36
  • You can install a Graphical User Interface as needed
    – kemotep
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 19:38
  • You install it from the CLI so you get the same Ubuntu server, bare Ubuntu, but with a GUI?
    – user277512
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 19:52
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    No, you will download the correct iso file for your needs at this link, install it like you would regular desktop Ubuntu, then run sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop when you log in to get the Ubuntu Graphical environment. This is pretty much as minimal as you can get for a graphical Ubuntu install.
    – kemotep
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 19:56

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