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It seems to be a regression in 11.10 that I cannot install just a text-based server from the alternate media, there is no option visible in the installation, and no way to even turn it off that I can see. I don't have a graphics card or monitor that work reasonably in graphical mode for most servers I run, because it is useless, unattended, consumes memory and other resources, etc.

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Download the Ubuntu Server ISO... ubuntu.com/download/server/download –  RobinJ Dec 11 '11 at 10:20

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There is a separate Desktop and Server version now. The Server install does not come with anything graphical and also includes some nice server features, like load overview when you log into ssh.

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