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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You've got to be kidding. This simply isn't true. There may be some handful of old mainboards that don't handle usb boot well but even those probably have bios updates that fix the problem. We've been installing from usb for years and I can count on one hand how many times it was a problem.

This is one hell of a lot more common than people like you think it is.

People like me have been doing this on hundreds and hundreds of computers over years. I would say that puts "us" in a good position to determine what's common and what isn't in this regard.

I've got one of these computers with one of these Intel-made motherboards made around 2005-2006. The Intel Bios does seem to really support booting from a usb drive, but it seems to be really picky about you format the drive. Syslinux in particular gives me nothing but grief on this machine,which is ironic, since the main developer as I understand it either worked for Intel or still does.

I'm not denying some boxes may have problems. But, I am saying most don't.

People have complained on the Syslinux mailing list for years about how syslinux doesn't seem to be able to boot from some computers like mine and all we've gotten a load of BS about BIOS problems when the problems really seem to lie within Syslinux itself and how it handles booting from usb drives.

That doesn't really surprise me. Keep in mind, people usually post on mailing lists when they have problems. Those who are chugging along just fine tend to not bother posting about it so mailing list posts are often not very telling of the overall picture.

Nothing beats first-hand experience. The more of it you have, the less you need to rely on what others have to say. Another thing to consider is the fact you can have a problem in one area, but it manifests elsewhere in your system. Example: fluctuating power rails & (incompatible) hardware that can't tolerate it.

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