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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Not Quite About the Medium
by JeeperMate on Sun 11th Dec 2011 15:56 UTC
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Burners are cheap and even value laptops manufactured from 2006 onwards already have DVD burner built-in. Thus, the installation medium is the least of an issue here. Moreover, people have been accustomed to booting ISO images off HDD partition or USB flash drive -- there are already many utility applications that make this once painful procedure now a breeze.

What can still be considered a problem is the download size. Broadband cost in many developing countries aren't getting cheaper, and metered connection is starting to become the norm, at least in some countries. Here, for example, most Internet users are bound to 3GB - 5GB monthly allowance, making it hard to justify downloading of large ISO images unless it's really important.

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