I'd like to install a command-line only version of Ubuntu 12.04, but I do not have clear which installation media I should use: I understood that the classical "Ubuntu Desktop" does not contain the CL option, but then I found different answers:

1) I should use the Ubuntu Server version (Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS installation mode "Install a command-line system" missing?)

2) No wait, the

Server Install CD provides a simple command line system, but it is not the same as "install a command-line system"

and therefore I should use the "Alternate CD" version (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems)

3) No, no, wait, the Ubuntu alternate installer still installs the ubuntu-desktop package (What are the differences between Desktop, Server, and Alternate Installs?)

So which version do I need for a command-line system? Server or Alternate?

Thanks for the help!

1 Answer 1


You should install server version, it comes with command line apps.AFAIK it does not come with ubuntu-desktop.

Alternate version is for computers with very low memory which can not load GUi based installer, it does not neccesarily mean that it does not contain any GUI, it just has a text based installer instead of GUi based installer.

So you should use Server edition.

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