I never install regular Ubuntu, so this wouldn't directly affect me. I do, however, use Xubuntu and other variations at times. I'm wondering if Ubuntu dropping the alternate install disks will cause some of the Ubuntu variants to also drop them. I hope not because installing from the alternate CD is quicker and gives me greater control. That's part of the appeal of Linux in the first place. Sometimes I think that Ubuntu wants to be 'the non-Linux Linux.'