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I was very surprised to find that with a clean install of 18.04, I couldn't find a way to do so without risking to destroy existing partitions. Is this no longer an option?
I can't understand that the disks are now identified by their brand name and size, and not by connection (dev/sda etc.). Who cares about that when the important factor is their placement/connection?

I have three different web/mail servers, all placed in a shed, and to manually operate one of them I need to carry it to the living-room or kitchen and set them up temporarily with a display and keyboard. Each server also has a partition with a desktop OS, making it more convenient for many tasks. I would strongly recommend that an installer with a graphical interface be made available so a system generation could be performed while doing other tasks. An installer, Ubiquity, exists, but AFAIK it's designed only to install a desktop system, and frankly, I never had any success with it.

The design of the installer has changed. It used to work just fine, so why change it? I had some trouble finding out how to operate it. There were some unnecessary questions, but - well - maybe some installations would need them.

I hoped that the installer would recognize a WiFi interface that I purchased because it was said to be Ubuntu compatible.
It did not, and though the LinuxMint desktop that I use found it with no trouble at all.
The reason I prefer WiFi is that the router doesn't have enough ports - and being fast enough it's not a bottleneck.

Like the unsuccessful Unity interface for the desktop version, it seems that Canonical is making experiments that are not well received by the community. Naturally, I stopped using the Ubuntu desktop, and if there's no better solution for the server edition, I'll seriously consider another OS for that also. CentOS, perhaps - widely used and having used it on external servers before, seems to fulfill at least my requirements just fine.

Any better solution in sight?
05-03-2018, 04:05 AM
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