I would like to download the alternate installation ISO for the current release, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, but I can't find it on the releases.ubuntu.com website. Aren't alternate ISOs provided anymore?

I need the alternate ISO because Xorg crashes on recent versions of Ubuntu when using old SIS on board graphics.

In fact, I just patched Ubuntu sources and generated a custom package for the xserver-xorg-video-sis driver on my PPA to try fix this problem, after installing with the minimal ISO.


As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of images we ship for Ubuntu, and to make the desktop image more useful in a variety of scenarios, Dmitrijs Ledkovs has been hard at work in quantal adding support for LVM, cryptsetup, and RAID to ubiquity.


It [dropping the alternate CDs] lets us tighten our focus on making the desktop CD shine: fewer images to QA, fewer different paths to get right (like the CD apt upgrader case) means more time to focus on the things that matter.

More on the mailing list.

That proposal got accepted so there is no alternate anymore. You need to use the normal installer.

SIS on board graphics.

You need better hardware. SIS has not a lot of Linux affinity.

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    Easier said than done. – Leon Nardella Nov 5 '13 at 20:22
  • I know I know @LeonNardella :D – Rinzwind Nov 5 '13 at 20:35

The currently suggested way of installing Ubuntu on a graphically weak system is via the netinstall/minimal CD. It still has a text based installer.

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