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: Comment by ilovebeer
by tuma324 on Tue 13th Dec 2011 01:17 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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People are steering away for big bulky DVD drives in favor of small usb sticks that easily fit on a keychain or in your pocket while providing large storage.

Good 8GB usb sticks can be had for under $10 and that's certainly a better deal than a $20 dvd drive + the (recurring) cost of media. Not to mention usb flash drives use a sliver of the power consumption of a DVD drive.

If cost & convenience are your considerations, it's very clear CD/DVD is not the best choice.

Agreed. I can't recall when was the last time I used my CD/DVD drive.

My 8GB USB stick works amazingly well.

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