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: Just a symptom
by ilovebeer on Sun 11th Dec 2011 06:03 UTC in reply to "Just a symptom"
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Personally, I'd worry if your install size keeps increasing without adding major new features. If anything, your code should be decreasing in size as it matures. You also have to be mindful to remove and refactor redundant code when you do add new features, lest you double your potential for bugs while reducing performance.

I generally agree with this.

Of course, that's just me and my penchant for minimalism. Fewer parts generally means fewer bugs, more speed, and much easier to fix.

I do not agree with that at all. It's possible to reduce things to the point where you actually wind up with more code and/or more potential bugs once you've addressed all the specific cases using conditional checks. Also, smaller code doesn't mean faster code.

I'm a bit of a minimalist myself but there are certainly times when it's a disadvantage.

As far as giving CDR sizes consideration... Who gives a damn? I sure don't. I can't remember the last time I installed anything from a CD. For that matter, I can't remember the last time I had a CD drive in a box, and I currently only have one box with a DVD drive in it. With cheap USB and SDHC options, why bother?

Edited 2011-12-11 06:05 UTC

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