Ubuntu can be seen as quite bloated on a default desktop installation, this guide aims to provide tips and solutions for cutting down on the cruft and also will provide you with some applications that are not quite so resource hungry as alternatives. More here
For installation I use the minimal CD image, this will save doing a large number of updates once the installation is complete. Information can be found here. In this scenario we will be using the 32-bit 8.04 “Hardy Heron” image. Download here: MinimalCD. If you are not entirely familiar with burning ISO images to discs, take a look at BurningIsoHowto.