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[2]: Yes, it's a problem.
by Neolander on Sun 11th Dec 2011 08:24 UTC 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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Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

Last time I checked, blank DVDs were still ridiculously high-priced as compared to their CD counterpart.


Must have been some time ago then. Where I live blank CDs and DVDs are almost if not the same price. A 100-pack of CD is about 65pln (~20 USD), a 100-pack of DVDs is 75pln. You get 6x more storage space.

Unless you have to burn something compatible with a cd-only reader (like a car stereo) burning cd's make no sense.

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RE[4]: Yes, it's a problem.
by Neolander on Sun 11th Dec 2011 10:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Yes, it's a problem."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

About a year ago I'd say. Just checking, it seems that indeed they now cost about the same price here (22.5€ for 50 without looking for cheap ones), so I'll consider switching to DVDs when I'm done with my current CD-R pack.

I rarely use CD-Rs for anything but OSs these days, though, so it may take a while.

Edited 2011-12-11 10:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Yes, it's a problem.
by phoenix on Mon 12th Dec 2011 20:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes, it's a problem."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

In Canada, it's the opposite, due to the "blank media tax" on recordable CDs. A 25-pack of CDs will be about double the price of a 50-pack of DVDs. It's crazy.

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