Is there a way to install Ubuntu without installing any desktop environment at all (aside from installing the Server version)? If so, I haven't found it. It doesn't even ask. So yes, in that way people are being forced to run Unity, at least until they can get to a prompt and delete all of it. In Debian, I simply unselect the option for 'desktop environment' in tasksel, and go merrily along without all the bother. If I want a GUI, I can simply do a 'get-apt install xfce4' or whatever. I don't have to worry about cleaning out all the unwanted stuff installed by default.