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From what I read on the mailing list, and on here, it looks like there won't be any alternative install CDs for Quantal Quetzal. I used to love those, as they enabled me to quickly whip out a command-line only install.

With a base install, I could load xorg, my desired Window Manager (usually openbox or razor-qt), and keep my Ubuntu installation tiny and cruft free.

Is that no more?

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While the Alternate CD has been dropped, you can still do it using the Minimal ISO. Everything is downloaded fresh from the repositories, so not need to update post-install.

PS: In case you were wondering, here is what the installer looks like.

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Oh man, I love you. In a totally not-weird type of way. –  henson Oct 20 '12 at 15:37

You can always switch to a text based installation where you also can add special boot parameters by pressing and holding down any key while booting from a live CD.

This will open a Grub text based menu similar to this:

For more information on boot options see

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I had to press a key to add 'noefi' for Acer. But I was wondering, what's the boot option to have a command-line only install? –  henson Oct 20 '12 at 14:36

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