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]: Comment by ilovebeer
by rklrkl on Mon 12th Dec 2011 11:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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One word: unetbootin

Install that on your current distro, download the ISO you want to burn, insert a USB stick with already formatted (hint: use VFAT, not ext2/3/4, since very few BIOSes can boot off ext FS'es) and populated with data you want to keep and run unetbootin as root. Select your ISO (it should pick up your USB stick device automatically), start it off and after 10-15 mins you should have a bootable install USB stick with your original data left intact. I use this to install Linux distros on my Dell Mini 9 netbook that has no optical drive of course.

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