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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Valid points, but adhering to that premise entails accepting as the lowest common denominator anything that can still boot if turned on. So any new developments need to take into account machines with 8086 processors. Anything else is not considering the implications.

Computer recycling today may be dirty, but I don't see that as an inherently technical problem. This is one group of people exploiting another group for some extra profit. That needs to be adressed internationally through politics. We need to learn as the "First World" not to export agony to other countries, in pursuit of another buck to add to overflowing bank accounts.

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