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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Comment by OSbunny
by OSbunny on Sun 11th Dec 2011 07:17 UTC
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One of the reasons why I don't like Ubuntu is because it's default ISO does NOT come with everything that I'd like. I prefer distros that come on a big DVD sized ISO. That way I download most of what I need in one go. Keep in mind that it's a lot more convenient to run large downloads using your existing OS because you can do other stuff with your computer while it's downloading.

Downloading gigabytes from a net install program is a lot more boring because it's single tasking so you can't do anything else with your computer while that's going on. Net installs are for servers which have high speed internet connections and are usually accessed remotely by their admins. For a server admin a net install is just another window on his desktop so he can multitask. It doesn't work that way for a desktop user installing a desktop linux distro via netinstall on bare metal hardware.

Edited 2011-12-11 07:18 UTC

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by fukudasan on Wed 14th Dec 2011 10:47 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
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On the other hand, since I discovered that I could download "boot.iso" from public servers, burn it to a CD and install Mandriva over cable Internet connections, this has become my installation method of choice. I would previously have downloaded CD sets and DVDs, but being able to get a 30-odd Mb *.iso and let the Internet take the strain (while I am sleeping, for example) seems really convenient - at least, as long as they have already uploaded all of the files before you start downloading them!

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