Got Gutsy DVDs?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Oct 26 12:23:29 BST 2007

On Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 11:40:34PM -0700, Scott (angrykeyboarder) wrote:
> Dear Ubuntu,
> You reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally need some more mirrors for the 7.10 DVDs.
> Continual timeouts on (ftp or
> http) don't cut the mustard. Neither do 2 day torrent downloads on my
> 6MB/s broadband connection.
> Even better, how about ubuntu-7.10-dvd-i386.iso.jigdo ?
> You had .jigdo files for the daily DVDs so why not for the final release?
> Oh and this applies to Kubuntu also.

The primary reason why they aren't mirrored is because of the amount of
storage required (just mirroring the CDs is already quite a lot of space),
but it's also worth noting that the DVD is not the best choice for most

The CD is a much smaller download, and contains all of the default
applications.  Installing from the DVD produces exactly the same result.
The only difference is that the DVD contains additional non-default
packages, which must be installed explicitly (add/remove etc.).

In effect, download the DVD means preemptively downloading a large number of
packages which will probably never be used.  Even if you're certain to want
a couple of additional apps, it's far faster and easier to install from the
CD and then add the applications (in exactly the same way), letting them be
downloaded over the network rather than being asked to insert the DVD.

I suspect this fact could be better documented.

 - mdz

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