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The Ubuntu 12.04.1 (Precise) Desktop DVD image for the i386 architecture does not seem to include debian-installer, the alternative text-mode installation option. Why so? In 10.04 (Lucid) the DVD used to include both the graphical and the text-mode installers.

Any references to discussions in mailing lists or in the development wiki are welcome.

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Are you talking about the Desktop or the Alternate version. –  atenz Aug 24 '12 at 14:55
    
@tijybba, I'm talking about the DVD. There is the Ubuntu Desktop CD (the most common live CD), Ubuntu Desktop Alternate CD (containing text-based debian-installer instead of graphical Ubiquity) and the Ubuntu Desktop DVD. That one is what I am asking about. The file is called ubuntu-12.04.1-dvd-i386.iso and can be downloaded from cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/precise/release –  Alexander Konovalenko Aug 24 '12 at 15:43

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Yes, you are correct. Ubuntu 10.04 DVD version had both alternate installer and Live Mode.
The download page was clearly saying this

The combined install/live DVD allows you either to install Ubuntu permanently on a computer, or (by entering 'live' at the boot prompt) to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all.

Also by looking at the file lists of the 10.04 DVD, we see all the .deb packages for installation . (you can see the kernel image listed there).

But, in 12.04, The DVD version doesn't have an text mode installer. Though the page still saying The combined install/live DVD allows you either to install Ubuntu permanently on a computer, or (by entering 'live' at the boot prompt) to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all. This doesn't mean it has a text installer.
Why? Because it lacks the .deb files required for installation.... You can see some .deb files there but those are Libreoffice languages files and some other packages. It lacks the complete package suit need for installation, such as kernel images.

The change in policy happened since Ubuntu 11.10. 11.10 excluded this feature for maintainability of the DVD image and from then DVD image becomes just an extension of the CD image which includes some more softwares (like gimp, pitivi) and full language packs. The release note is saying this

In Ubuntu 11.10 there is now a revised, smaller (in size) DVD based on community feedback over the last few cycles. This new DVD has a more manageable size of 1.5G, and is an extension of our current CD image that includes all the language packs and some other useful applications, such as Inkscape, GIMP, Pitivi, and a more complete LibreOffice suite.

If you are looking for alternate installer. You can Look at this page for 12.04, which lists all the versions of the release. Take note that, the alternate installer images are will not be in the next Ubuntu releases. As Ubuntu mailing list saying this

There is no longer a traditional CD sized image, DVD or alternate image, but rather a single 800MB Ubuntu image that can be used from USB or DVD.

Hope this will help.

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