Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Dec 2011 01:37 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Linux It's starting to look like the end of an era for Ubuntu users as Canonical mull the creation of an ISO that won't fit onto a CDR. The question is, does it matter? Canonical owes at least part of its success with Ubuntu Linux to the unique way that it has been distributed. From the start it has been available as a downloadable ISO image and a free CD, posted at no cost to the user. This was great news for people who wanted to install Linux but did not have the luxury of a decent Internet connection. In a sense, installing via a CDR image has always been like a kind of cache, in that you're moving part of the content that you need onto permanent storage rather than pulling it through the network connection
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Boost it to 4Gb
by Kivada on Sun 11th Dec 2011 07:45 UTC
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And drop the subvariants, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Lubuntu should all come in a single 4Gb .iso that allows you to pick what you want to install just as Studio asks you what sets of software you want I.E. Audio, Photo or Video editing software. There should be enough shared between these subdistros to make this fairly simple.

Why 4Gb? Because 4Gb USB sticks are quite common and cheap, but still allows burning or shipping 4.4Gb DVDs for installation since after all of the cuts to legacy GPU support as of late theres little reason to not expect the user to have at least a DVD player if the mobo doesn't support USB boot.

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