For the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system, Canonical today launched the Ubuntu Server Installer Program. Before the official release of the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS operating system in late April next year, Canonical hopes to further polish the Ubuntu Server installer. Make Ubuntu Server faster and more comfortable by abandoning classic Debian-based installers and replacing them with newer service installers with more modern, built-in subservers.
“With [Ubuntu] 20.04 LTS, we will be completing the transition to the live server installer and discontinuing the classic server installer based on debian-installer (d-i), allowing us to focus our engineering efforts on a single codebase. The next-generation subiquity server installer brings the comfortable live session and speedy install of Ubuntu Desktop to server users,” said Michael Hudson Doyle, software engineer at Canonical.
During the development cycle of Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS, many new features have been introduced in the service installer, including the deployment of automatic installation specifications, enabling SSH (Secure Shell) in the installer session, new guided flexible installation options, and Supports vtoc (volume directory) partition table used by Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) on s390x (IBM System z) architecture.