I have an older machine onto which I'd like to install XUbuntu 12.04 32bit desktop. I have prepared the CD, and can boot from it, but the graphical installer is slow to the point of uselessness while running from CD. I do want to install xfce, I just want to avoid the graphical installer.
Wifi coverage appears to be poor in this location and moving the machine is impractical, so I'd like to install as much as possible from CD and get a desktop up and running, see if it will be usable when running from HD, test wifi, and iron out connectivity later, which rules out the network install suggested in this answer
Is there a way to boot from the Xubuntu CD but bypass the graphical installer? If not, is there a way to improve performance of the CD installer, perhaps by creating a tmp swap partition on an HD, or by copying the CD to an HD to run from there? The target machine has two smallish (60-80GB) HDDs with no data to be retained; I can repartition as needed.