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I have a Lenovo x120e, and when I boot the alternate CD I get a grub2 bootloader. How do I select a command line install from the Grub2 bootloader? Is there a switch, option, or flag I can pass to start the minimal install vs the full installer?

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You choose what packages to install in the text mode installer process, not from grub. When you get to the task selection, simply uncheck the desktop option.

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Previously, there was a "cli" option in minimal CD. Perhaps this option still works. You should try it, if you have not done so already.

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