Due to my last question I am now curious how much space is really required to run Ubuntu. The reason for asking is that I doubt, that I need most of the packages cause I wanna play around with WebServer, MailServer, FTP, etc. (I know ‘performance’, but that’s another issue I wanna skip for the very moment).I think, that as soon as I install packages like PHP, postfix, exim, etc. they will consume anyway a lot of space and I don’t wanna bloat the system with things I get for less amount of space (e.g. LXDE instead of GNOME). After reading Geralds response I get the idea, that reducing the size is possible, e.g. Amstrong uses around 1.2 GB, while Ubuntu-armhf+LXDE uses approx 0.9GB. I am aware that I might compare apples and oranges, nevertheless I am curious about it. AND I’m aware that below a certain point its ridiculous to discuss about (e.g. I don’t mind, if its 60MB or 54MB, although 10% difference). I think in chunks of 50MB which are worth discussing (MY point of view).
So my curiosity is what is a good starting point? Do I need cross compiling on a VirtualBox and then transfer it to the SD-card? Is it the best to start with omap-image-builder or sufficient to just start with the kernel-builder? Are they downloaded on the BBB or on a VirtualBox-image (running Ubuntu)? How can I flash them to the eMMC finally (when I installed my packages I wanted to have)? I follow mainly the BeagleBoardUbuntu but there it mentions as well the Raring 13.04 armhf and I have no real clue what’s the difference to the armhf-site for the end-result. ALSO what to do with things, I think they might be beneficial for everybody (e.g. following the NTP-settings I’m curious if I can configure ntpdate.service automatically so I don’t need to adjust it every time (resp. whom to suggest it?)).
Well anyway, I guess I’m mixing too many things up in different ways. But I try to get a foothold in the beginning and would highly appreciate some more insights. There are many loose ends I’m trying to bind together…