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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If anyone is still using CDs to burn anything other than music to play in their old hi-fi or car CD player, then they need to have a serious rethink.

DVD burners are the same price as CD burners (in fact, it's now actually quite hard to find CD burners!) and ditto for the price of blank DVD vs. CD disks.

Let me see - same price for burner+media, holds 6-7 times more on DVD, burns much much faster than CD, reads much much faster than CD. Why is *anyone* putting computer data on CDs any more?

The only reason left to use CDs instead of DVDs is because some people don't have decent broadband connections to download more than a CD's worth quickly. Even then, a 700MB image should *still* be burned to DVD instead of CD for the reasons outlined above.

BTW, people are complaining about Ubuntu just going over 1 CD's worth, but has anyone looked at CentOS recently? It's crept onto a second (single-layer) *DVD*! Luckily, you can still do a basic install from DVD 1, but that's a far more worrying trend than Ubuntu's, IMHO.

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