History: I used to be a specialist in ‘system management’ (sysadmin) of Digital VAX/VMS systems. I started using Linux with the intention of re-training to Unix sysadmin and joined Wolves Linux User Group where I encountered the shiny new Ubuntu. I’ve used it ever since but a change in career direction meant I never actually became any good at Linux sysadmin. I use it because it.s as easy as anything else and I enjoy the greater Freedom.
I’ve noticed that people here install things on hardware and VMs using all manner of tools that I have no experience of. I’ve always been below the threshold number of similar systems that justify the effort of automation BUT:
I have a couple of boxen that no longer meet the Ubuntu minimum hardware spec. I want Ubuntu with LXDE but not the LXDE apps. I’m going to have to do custom builds that might need to be repeated until I get them right. Can anyone recommend a good way of approaching this? Which Ubuntu base would you start from and how would you script it? If I wanted to move it to a Cloud etc. platform later, could I or do you do things differently there? I suspect you start with a pre-built system.