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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Yes, it's a problem.
by tidux on Sun 11th Dec 2011 03:05 UTC
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

It's a problem because there's still a lot of people out there that can't burn DVDs, and writing an image to a USB stick is way more confusing than "download this file, burn to CD."

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RE: Yes, it's a problem.
by OSbunny on Sun 11th Dec 2011 07:07 in reply to "Yes, it's a problem."
OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

Those people need to buy a DVD burner. It costs only $30.

No wait. $20 now.

Edited 2011-12-11 07:09 UTC

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RE[2]: Yes, it's a problem.
by Neolander on Sun 11th Dec 2011 08:24 in reply to "RE: Yes, it's a problem."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I have a DVD burner, and I still rarely use it to burn DVDs.

Last time I checked, blank DVDs were still ridiculously high-priced as compared to their CD counterpart. As such, CD-Rs remain much better than DVD-Rs as a polyvalent storage media that can both be expendable and used for reasonably long-term storage. When I really need to burn something on DVD, I have a few DVD-RWs around, but these are not for long-term storage and I keep erasing and rewriting them.

Edited 2011-12-11 08:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Yes, it's a problem.
by unclefester on Sun 11th Dec 2011 14:21 in reply to "RE: Yes, it's a problem."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Those people need to buy a DVD burner. It costs only $30.

No wait. $20 now.


Ubuntu was originally developed for Africa where $20 may represent a weeks salary. In some African countries even a doctor is lucky to earn $100/week.

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RE[2]: Yes, it's a problem.
by Yoko_T on Mon 12th Dec 2011 00:12 in reply to "RE: Yes, it's a problem."
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

Those people need to buy a DVD burner. It costs only $30.

No wait. $20 now.


That's assuming you can actually find one that will actually work with your machine.

Nowdays nearly all internal cd/dvd burners are SATA, not PATA/IDE.

So if you have a older machine that doesn't support SATA,you're pretty much screwed, unless you have an empty/unused usb port that you can get at.

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RE: Yes, it's a problem.
by Kivada on Sun 11th Dec 2011 08:04 in reply to "Yes, it's a problem."
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Dvd burners are dirt cheap, dvd players are even cheaper, both can be found at your local recycling center or on the side of the road if need be...

That and does Canonical not still ship free install CDs? Yeah I know that they take their sweet ass time shipping them, I know, I've ordered them before to leave around and to pop into machines at craptacular electronics stores and walk away...

Theres no shortage of places that will sell you damn near any distro on whatever media you like, just check http://www.debian.org/CD/vendors/ since it looks like you can get the complete everything 6 DVD version of Debian 6.0.3 for as little as $10 US.

Edited 2011-12-11 08:08 UTC

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RE[2]: Yes, it's a problem.
by unclefester on Sun 11th Dec 2011 22:04 in reply to "RE: Yes, it's a problem."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Dvd burners are dirt cheap, dvd players are even cheaper, both can be found at your local recycling center or on the side of the road if need be.


Not in developing countries. In places like India, South Africa and Indonesia 10-15 year old CRT monitors are still being advertised for sale on the local equivalents to Craigslist. Nothing that can be sold (even for $1) gets thrown out.

In some parts of Africa a "highly paid" professional (eg a doctor) may earn as little as $100/week and drive a 40 year old car.

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