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 Anonymous Penguin
by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 13th Dec 2011 00:49 UTC
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At the moment Debian Testing consists of 60 (sixty) CDs. While it is obvious that nobody will ever need the content of 60 CDs, 1 CD distributions are a thing of the past, except for niche distributions or Live CDs whose purpose is to give you a taste of the release.
Even the once minimalistic Slackware offers now 4.4GB ISOs.

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