ubuntu cd handout at an ict event

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Mon Apr 18 18:50:29 CDT 2005

On Sun, Apr 17, 2005 at 10:53:28PM -0700, Daniel Robitaille wrote:
> If it's technically possible  I would say that it could be something
> that you should explore since it would allow you to go down from 2 to 1
> cd for the shipit cds, something that could save some money on the long
> run for the freebies.

We do plan to explore this for a number of reasons, though as Mark pointed
out, it is not yet clear how much of the functionality of the existing
installer could be provided.

> But I suspect, due to the lack of space on some of the architectures for
> the cd images, that combining the live and install CDs could make it too
> limiting from a developer point of view and would force too many
> packages to be dropped from the CD. But I'm not one, so I will let them
> decide that for themselves.

The design that I have in mind would be able to install the full desktop
package set, as it is found on the live CD.  The tricky part is actually to
provide for smaller installs as well (e.g. for servers).

> On a somewhat related note  I was trying Hoary's live CD in a Windows 98
> machine the other day, and it was really nice to see what the LiveCD
> offers for Windows users to allow them to try and install some free
> software on their Windows computer (OOo, Firefox, Thunderbird,
> Gimp,etc).  But sadly I think the option of putting that LiveCD in a
> running Windows machine hasn't been really advertised during the recent
> Hoary release phase (I don't remember one mention of this anywhere), and
> probably a lot of Windows users don't even know that the option is there
> for them after they have downloaded the iso of the LiveCD.

The pressed CDs contain instructions about using the CD this way (both
Ubuntu 4.10 and Ubuntu 5.04).  I'm not sure where this could be documented
for ISO downloads, though the feature presents itself fairly obviously if
inserted into a Windows system. ;-)

 - mdz

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