Should Ubuntu Still Be Distributed As A CD ISO?
Phoronix: Should Ubuntu Still Be Distributed As A CD ISO?
The question of whether the Linux operating system should still be distributed as a 700MB CD ISO or whether they finally need to break that threshold and move to a DVD ISO or a USB-centered image has come up again for the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric cycle...
USB, of course
In any modern machine, booting off of USB is easier, cheaper, and faster. Reuse a hundred times if you want. No problems with the freakin' laser, and you can even make it persistent. Nice if you wanna try a couple days.
CD (not DVD) support is important for legacy systems, so you need some sort of simple installer for CD. Or just recomend Lubuntu or Xubuntu for those.
DVD? Isn't that dead already?
I do not mind the change, BUT
I really want to keep the possibillity to burn a net-boot mini.iso for network install to a CD. The full distro? meh... Then i defer to the earlier speaker as his/her comment is very valid.
I PXE boot into the net-installer at home and work. It makes life a hell of a lot easier for not needing to find media or a USB key to deal with.
Originally Posted by judgen
I get that full installers are still necessary for places with limited/no Internet access, but for most of the sites I'm on, netbooting works a charm. When installing CentOS/RHEL systems, I also generally use netboot images for ease.
Optical media are a disease.
Ubuntu Net install
Perhaps what they need as a graphical net installer. If you have an internet connection, it makes more sense since this avoids you from downloading updates; specially with LTS images.
Ubuntu already has a dvd version. Sadly that only has language packs. An extended versio of ubunt that doesn't exclude aptitude or proposed future exclusion that resembles the vanilla one would be nice but Canonical doesn't really care and i don't know why. Fedora and i think also OpenSUSE have a gnome and kde livecd and a dvd version and Debian has net-install buisnesscard and cd versions (52) and dvd versions (8). I have no ideea why they dont do a 2-3 gb one.
Friggin 1 min editing window
By cd and dvd i mean cd an dvd sized image. Ubuntu does include a tool to change the cd into a usb install. However they still cling to that 700mb.
1 minute editing time window sucks on this (new?) version of the forum. Maybe wanna change it to 5-15 min.
we need an internet install or a way to install the iso from the hard drive (kind like wubi, but for real installs on their own partition, not inside windows), that way it could be as big as they want.
I think there is a roundabout way of doing that, but i forgot how.
Originally Posted by madjr
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