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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RE: Stick with CDR limitations ...
by ilovebeer on Sun 11th Dec 2011 17:48 UTC in reply to "Stick with CDR limitations ..."
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Three reasons:

The CDR places a clear limit on the size of the OS. As soon as you start placing arbitrary limits on the size, it become far to easy to say, "but it's only a few megabytes over." That leads down a path of bloat.

Linux bloat is nothing new. The most Linux distro maintainers steer towards a works-for-most-people concept, the more bloat you get. Ironically, they're doing the exact same thing they cry about Microsoft doing.

At any rate, end-user usability is most important -- not filesize.

Bandwidth download times are another good reason to limit the size. Not only does bandwidth cost them and their mirrors money, but bandwidth and download times cost the end user money and time.

That may be a problem some a small handful of users but certainly not for the majority. If the expensive of downloading for those people is too great, they should elect to have it mailed to them.

Finally, since Ubuntu is a live CD where anything on the live CD gets installed to the hard disk. While having some of the initial decisions made for the user is nice, having all of the decisions made for them is a wee bit authoritarian.

That's an over-exaggeration imo. Distros that install everything by default are simply trying to provide the best user experience by giving him a good amount of software/drivers/etc. to work with. That is not authoritarian.

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